Ukrainian Game Developers have understandably had a hard time with it in the past year, and it's made the development of games into a whole new gauntlet of potential problems.
The development team of the horror shooter game Stalker 2: Shadow of Chornobyl has recently encountered a setback when an employee's account for a collective work-with-images app was hacked by a Russian online community. The hackers then used the stolen assets for blackmail and intimidation purposes.
Stalker developer asks gamers not to share any leaks
GSC Game World has faced previous cyberattacks, but the recent hack and theft of assets poses a significant threat due to the leak of an early build of the game. In a statement, GSC Game World refused to give in to the hackers' demands and requested that any leaked early builds of the game be disregarded and not shared on social media platforms.
A message from GSC Game World team pic.twitter.com/rqRM0tFZmO— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) March 12, 2023
Despite facing constant upheaval due to Russia's attacks on their homeland, Ukrainian developers have shown perseverance, which has been a unifying factor. Recently, Frogwares managed to get a new Sherlock Holmes game to go Gold.
A release date for Stalker 2: Shadow of Chornobyl is still set tentatively for 2023, with the game having faced previous delays.
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