S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl (GSC Game World)
STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl's Developers Build leaked online. The unfinished version of the game (which weighs almost 200GB) has popped up on pirated download sites and forums over the past 2 hours, and there is much confusion as to whether this is a hacker attack or human error.
At first, it was thought that the Russian hacker group called Vestnik TSS was responsible. Back in March, the team claimed to have source files for the game and threatened to leak them online if the game's Ukrainian developer, GSC Game World, did not lift its ban on Russian customers following the war between the two countries.
Despite the initial fear, there is also another possibility, which is beginning to be perceived as more realistic. Users on the network tried to locate the source that first leaked the files, and found that the IP address from which the files were leaked was located in the Czech Republic. Where the GSC developer's offices are located. The prevailing argument is that this is not an employee who decided to cause damage.
The company's developers often use BitTorrent software to share large files during their day-to-day work. Apparently, one of the IT staff employees mistakenly set the server and links in question to public, instead of private. This means that each user will be able to find the download links and files in BitTorrent's databases. GSC has yet to respond.
Although this is a pretty serious leak, the source files are encrypted and currently cannot be accessed and played on the title. But of course this won't stop the internet and the excluded online have already started working on solutions.
It's not yet clear which version of the game leaked or how close it is to the final stages. STALKER 2010 has been in development since 2023 and has endured countless postponements and delays. As of now, it doesn't have an exact release date, but it's expected to be released "in <>" for PC and Xbox Series X/S.
- Gaming Channel