A leaked Stalker port is a strange new front in the war in Ukraine

If you’ve lurked the Stalker subreddit recently, you’ve almost certainly come across a curious anomaly: a leaked build of a supposed console port of the original Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl. Rumored to be due to release shortly before Stalker 2, footage of the build shows the familiar classic in a slightly altered state: there’s no cursor in sight, there are controller prompts everywhere, and if that’s mouselook I’ll eat my hat. It all looks very legit and, while GSC refused to comment when PCG asked about it, this feels like too much work for even the most determined modder.

But it’s not this alien version of Stalker that’s interesting, it’s the document that accompanies it. Written by a Russian streamer who goes by the names ‘Nevazhno, Kto’ and ‘Velichaishii’ (meaning ‘It doesn’t matter who’ and ‘The greatest’, respectively), the five page pamphlet is part confession, part manifesto, and outlines the how and why of his leaking the port.

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