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News video games 16 March 2023, 11:15

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Russians Fulfil Their Threat; STALKER 2 Footage Leaked

The hackers who broke into the servers of GSC Game World have kept their word. Materials from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl has hit the web, including gameplay footage.

It appears that the Russian blackmailers have kept their word. A six-minute video from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chornobyl has hit the web. You won't find it on YouTube (or at least it won't be available there for a long time), but the footage is making rounds on various websites such as Dark Side of Gaming.

Whether you actually want to watch this gameplay remains a separate issue. It's not even about spoilers, because the video reveals virtually nothing about the plot. As you can easily guess, this is a raw, working version of the second S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - ultimately, the game may differ significantly from what is seen in the footage stolen by the hackers.

True, the footage shows a more advanced title than typical prototypes like the gameplay from GTA 6, which leaked last year (not to mention the footage released by other developers in response to Internet user complaints). Nevertheless, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 remains in development and a lot may have already changed compared to what the leaked video presents.

Unfortunately, the video posted by DSoG isn't all there is to it. Information about the plot, documents, maps, etc. are also circulating around the web (via NeoGAF). So if you don't like spoilers, you'd better watch out for newer topics on social media regarding S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-a.

Second S.T.A.L.K.E.R. will be released this year on PC and Xbox Series X/S. The game will be available for release on Game Pass.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).