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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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7 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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Redgirraffe Feb 23 2012 says:

Just felt like standing on a soap box so here I go. why go retail? (other than the obvious making money part) are there any perks to it? I really am saddened by this turn of events and I hope the best for the future.

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Flyboy/hl_freak Feb 17 2012 says:

I'm sorry to hear that this mod is being re-developed yet again, this time on the CryEngine. But it just goes to show that I was right with my previous comments about you wasting time and losing fans.

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Tycholarfero Feb 18 2012 replied:


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mrfluffy229 Feb 8 2012 says:

My opinion would differ if I knew how open ended/rpg this game actually is, ie. first update in 2 years :/

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MasterFen Feb 8 2012 says:

While it's nice to see you guys jumping ship to CryEngine, it'd be ******* godly if we could get our hands on the files for the current Source version of IS. :3 /optimistic

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OccasionallyZane Mar 18 2012 replied:

Not at all

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mrfluffy229 Feb 8 2012 says:

Why did you have to do this? So far into development? Your efforts and technology will be almost in vain, as well as the support and expectations of the community?

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Yah Jan 22 2012 says:

It's okay, just finish it before I die. Love, Yah.

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KneeKapper Jan 22 2012 says:

For **** sake, and here we go again... :/

Well, I wish the devs lotsa luck and future success... but I am still kinda dissapointed.

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Gulp343 Jan 20 2012 says:

remember what happend to Raindrop after the engine switch?

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DarkShift Jan 20 2012 replied:

Remember what happened to all mods gone retail?

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xalener Jan 24 2012 replied:

Nexuiz, Dear Esther, Alien Swarm (kinda, not really), Killing Floor.... Half Life (again, kinda not really)....

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