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Design documents, concept art and an early build of the canceled version of STALKER 2 have leaked online



STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be released on April 28, 2022. Gameplay trailer, screenshots and details

Netizens have leaked files and documents related to the development of the full-fledged sequel to STALKER, which the original developers were engaged in in the early 2010s. Some of the files were published on the AP-PRO.RU forum dedicated to the franchise, and later another part appeared on the VKontakte “Bulletin of the Same Stalker” community page.

Separate leaks related to the canceled STALKER 2 appeared on the network before, but this one is the largest. As the Vestnik administrators noted, they had the data for a long time, but they leaked it only after they learned about the leak from the forum.

As the studio staff said earlier, the production of the second numbered part of the series was restarted at some point, and the upcoming shooter “has nothing to do” with the canceled version. Therefore, it is not worth judging by the leaks about the game, which is preparing for release, but the information allows us to understand in which direction its creators wanted to develop the franchise.

What is contained in the documents?

  • Detailed information about GSC Games World’s plans for STALKER 2 in the form of design documents, concept art, textures, weapon models, and references.
  • Ideas for quests and descriptions of various game systems, from the behavior of NPCs in battles to pumping weapons.
  • Synopsis and approximate plot of the game – in two versions. This indicates that leaks AP-PRO.RU and “Bulletin” That Stalker “” differ from each other and they are about two different versions of the sequel…
  • Instructions for GSC employees, milestone descriptions, and task lists.
  • An early build of the game on the X-Ray Engine 2.0 from December 2011.
  • X-Ray Engine 2.0 source code.

The plot and gameplay details of the game

  • According to a design document from the AP-PRO.RU leak, the action would take place in 2015, three years after the events of Shadow of Chernobyl.
  • The main character is an unnamed former stalker who is tormented by mysterious nightmares about the Exclusion Zone. He decides to go to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant again to understand what the visions mean, but “finds himself entangled in a network of intrigues.”
  • In the course of the plot, the player had to meet the characters of the first part of the series, the Shooter and the Doctor, and confront the conspirators from the Scientific Research Institute of ChAZ, which is engaged in researching the phenomena around the abandoned nuclear power plant.
  • One of the key elements of the plot is a setting that allows you to accumulate anomalous energy and create artifacts. The device supposedly can help destroy the Zone or take control of it.
  • A similar synopsis is described in the documents leaked by the “Herald of the Same Stalker”, but the main character in it is the Shooter himself, who was expelled from the Research Institute of ChAZ before the start of the game.
  • The campaign was designed for 10 hours, and completing all side missions would take about 30 hours.
  • The developers were going to develop most of the ideas of the original STALKER, implement a seamless “living” world, as well as give the player the opportunity to assemble their own group and pump the base.
  • Many of the side missions would be non-linear, and the main campaign is referred to as “multidimensional”.
  • The game was supposed to have both mutants already familiar from the previous parts of the series, such as controllers and bloodsuckers, as well as new ones.
  • A multiplayer mode for 32 people was also planned.
  • The sequel was going to be released on PC, Xbox 360 and “possibly PS3”.

Concept art

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World maps

stalker 2 worldmap

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Characters and factions

STALKER 2, which is still in the works for GSC Game World, does not yet have an exact release date, but the game is going to be released on PC and Xbox Series X | S. The developers claimed that they have no plans for the PS5 version, but the console exclusivity of the title, judging by the leaked Microsoft documents, will last about three months.

Note: (for anyone ready to call this fake or garbage, GSC confirmed it on Discord that it’s real and they don’t mind the fans talking about it and sharing it)


Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play



Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online



Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark



Lost Ark guide: List of runes and their effects

Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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