As with any such conflict, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine comes with its own propaganda to justify the horrific events. And whatever this propaganda communicates, all that matters in the end is that innocent people continue to be killed and displaced. Like many in the region, the developers at GSC Game World have been affected by the war, and had therefore put Stalker 2 on hold.
While development on the sequel has now resumed, the rumored console port of Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl has been leaked. There’s nothing surprising about leaks in the video game industry, but this leak came with a rather bizarre document that could either be a form of propaganda or simply the result of someone sitting in the safety of their home not realizing that missiles are being targeted. in Ukrainian cities.
According to PCGamer, this letter was written by a Russian streamer who goes by ‘Nevazhno, Kto’ and ‘Velichaishii’ – translating to ‘It doesn’t matter who’ and ‘The Biggest’ respectively. It’s not a one-pager either – it’s a five-page document, where the streamer admits that the early build of the console port was leaked by them, along with their reasons for doing so.
“[GSC] threw away everyone who supported their game for 15 years and kept it alive,” Nevazhno wrote, talking about how the developer discriminated against its Russian fanbase after Ukraine was attacked by the country’s military forces. They gave a number of reasons for leaking the build. – such as “Constant discrimination against Russians in [GSC’s] Discord server,” along with the developer who raised money to support Ukrainian troops. “The purchase of weapons and military equipment is not a charity event,” they wrote.
PCGamer contacted GSC Game World, who responded with: “We have published pleas to help Ukraine in our social media and on online resources – just like thousands of other Ukrainian companies … Nevertheless, one important thing to mention is that we also added a clarification about the donations from Russia later.We think we may be in the absolute minority – if not the only ones – who do.
Nevazhno also claimed that the leak came via GSC employees who were unhappy with the company’s treatment of the Russian player base.
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