A user has leaked 15GB of data stolen from the developer of the highly-anticipated video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 at the start of the month.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl is an upcoming first-person shooter survival horror video game built on the hyper-realistic Unreal Engine 5. It’s the fourth game in the series, with millions of fans worldwide.
The stolen data appeared last Tuesday on a popular hacking forum and is offered for free to anyone wishing to download the two password-protected archives and take a look.
According to the poster, the data includes:
Complete game map with notes on key locations Design graphics, concept art, and other documents Limited future DLC details Plot items and cut scenes Full game plot Game world study Animations, particles, textures, and other graphical elements Development data S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 leak on hacker forum
The above causes severe damage to the game developer, GSC Game World, as premature exposure of game details undermines marketing efforts during launch and weakens players’ excitement, which drives early sales.
As the poster of the data underlines, however, the leak was not originally his, but he has merely compiled what was posted by the original hacker and also leaker.
Russian Hacker Attack
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 data leak is the product of a breach that occurred earlier in the month from a Russian hacker who claimed to be a fan of the game.
The attacker’s goal was to extort GSC Game World, a Ukraine-based game developer, and convince them