Volcanic ash has covered the earth, suffocating life and leaving a dead planet behind. The remaining population has resorted to scavenging and tribalism to stay alive, cannibalism and slavery being a common tale.

The player is part of a dying rural community, slowly running out of essential resources. Your goal is to travel across the plains of Central Asia to search for any glimmer of hope, a sign of a helping hand among the ruins of the old world.

Armed with a tent, an old cosmonauts parka and a rusty pistol this will be a difficult journey...


Ivan's Secrets is a survival RPG/Shooter hybrid set in the Central Asia/Russian region. It began life on modDb as a Source mod which grew to a CryEngine game as requirements expanded.

We've been quiet as we had to remake nearly all of our content to a new standard and weren't willing to show anything off. A day/night cycle was very important along with large landscapes - something Source just couldn't do.


The player follows a guided story and path across the plains, with the game being broken into day and night.

During the day the player scavenges and explores old structures and cave systems for any loot they can find, along with a place to setup camp. When night comes hostile creatures start to roam the plains so it's important to be prepared and have a secure campsite.

Having an optimal load-out and being on the move is important, bogging yourself down with assault rifles will slow you down. Ammunition is limited so choosing to run can be a more efficient option for survival.

The players inventory is fully customizable, with equipment and armour for all parts of the body. Crafting useless junk into useful items is an important skill, with the keen explorer being rewarded for gathering rare parts.

Along the journey you'll encounter various individuals who'll either aid you or stab you in the back for your actions, recognizing these differences will keep you safe. Various scattered towns and communities do exist and the occupants are willing to trade - provided you get their trust.

Expect to see frequent updates from us again. Looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

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8 comments by JLea on Mar 1st, 2011

So after weeks of coding, I finally have the inventory system done! It still needs polish but the basic functionality is there.

Also, the contribute page worked great. We received around 80 ideas.

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Gulp343 Jan 13 2013, 9:09am says:

Could you possibly release some kind of to-do list or list of features/content which can/could be ported from the source version of ivans secrets?

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TheUnbeholden Jan 10 2013, 7:12pm says:

This thing still around, after so many iterations we still don't get a release estimate?>

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JLea Creator
JLea Jan 11 2013, 12:11am replied:

It's not easy to make an estimate when nobodys getting paid.

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Ashkandi Jan 11 2013, 3:55pm replied:

And if you change engines and ideas every month :P

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TaylorMoe Jan 9 2013, 11:55pm says:

"The player follows a guided story and path across the plains, with the game being broken into day and night."

Are we expecting a linear pace, such as Half Life? Or is this an open world, but guided story?

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JLea Creator
JLea Jan 11 2013, 12:11am replied:

Think Deus Ex style, but in open environments. You can't go back to other levels but you're free to take on the current one at your pace.

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TaylorMoe Jan 12 2013, 3:12am replied:

Interesting, thanks for the quick response, you gained a devoted fan! Good luck guys.

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Duckhead666 Jan 9 2013, 8:56pm says:

Still could be good, though I will admit I'm a little disappointed in the less creative setting.

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Mr.Walrus Jan 10 2013, 7:59am replied:

Yeah I'm sure it'll turn out well, but I'm really sad to see the old plot get replaced with this one.

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MrSaturdayKnight Jan 10 2013, 2:49pm replied:

I liked the old idea better than another post-apocalyptic game but I guess that is becoming a trend of this generation but I am sure they can pull it off.

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