GSC Game World, the developers working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl, have revealed they have suffered a data breach leak and targeted attacks.
The breach and sustained attacks were claimed by a community from a Russian social media site.
According to GSC Game World, these hackers are blackmailing and threatening them to use this data which includes personal information of employees.
This act of intimidation having to do with them being a Ukrainian company as there is currently a war between their country and Russia.
A message from GSC Game World team pic.twitter.com/rqRM0tFZmO
— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) March 12, 2023
Unsurprisingly because of their country of origin, the company has been heavily supportive of Ukraine during the war. They’ve even changed the name of the game to reflect the Ukrainian spelling from “Chernobyl” to “Chornobyl” as a sign of protest.
The war had also caused them to pause development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl, as there were more pressing concerns of their safety and such. They noted at the time development would resume “after the victory”, though it appears they’ve since resumed development as the war continues on.
Despite getting what they claim to be “acts of aggression”, the team state these attempts to break them will not work as they say they are “strong and courageous.”
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl will be launching on Xbox Series X|S and PC (via Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store) in December 2023. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl will also be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.