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Official statement of Dezowave Group regarding leaked version and release date.

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Some testers have decided to ruin years of our hard work and have leaked an unfinished render-test build of Lost Alpha to the public. The beta dates back to November 5, 2013. This leaked version is not finished and not prepared to be released by any means. It contains render bugs that we've been working on since last year among the other ones that prevent smooth gameplay.
It is stolen copyrighted material and it is illegal to download it.
Modders are forbidden to use any of its contents until official release
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Links to the leaked files won't be tolerated here nor the discussions about it. Any support for the leaked version won't be given either.

This unfortunate event crosses out any chances to release LA as an official addon to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. LA will be released as an addon for free.

In this situation we've decided to release the official version of Lost Alpha on 26th of April 2014.
On Chernobyl disaster 28th anniversary you will get the most recent version of LA. It won't be completely finished as we wanted it to be but at least stable and finishing the game would be possible. This can be called "early access", which means patches, updates will be added in the future. If you feel like supporting us, you can donate on our main webpage, just click on the paypal button in the upper right corner of the screen. All donations will be used for our upcoming project, which we will announce later this year.

On this day there will be official presentation of LA in Warsaw during 'Park in The Zone' event.

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N.Aaroe
N.Aaroe

I am sorry to hear this.
Obviously I shall do my duty and notify you guys if I see the leak distributed anywhere.
I was worried the same thing would happen for MISERY but it didn't.
A modders nightmare!

Well, although forced I shall be sure to congratulate you on the day of release.
I hope it doesn't ruin too much for your plans and in any case you should rest assured that I would respect a delay on release because of this.

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loner85
loner85

You obviously chose better testers...heh...

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Swirekster
Swirekster

It would be nice to see the names of these testers, for modders to know that they cannot be trusted.

Goddamnit.

Be strong. Hl2 was leaked, but turned out to be really great.

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aculeuskhaa
aculeuskhaa

Crap, wrong button, i give you minus... im sorry :P

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Zombiestubble
Zombiestubble

They also cut out quite a bit of content as I recall; several weapons, enemy types, levels, and even character relationships.

Don't let 1 tester who leaked it get in the way of releasing LA on time, and please don't cut out half the stuff, dez0wave.

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Ercanx
Ercanx

Nothing is cut? ask Dezowave?

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Stefanice
Stefanice

I approve.

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nashathedog
nashathedog

Let's hope that the LA guy's work out which of us it was so they can be named and shamed and kept away from any future Stalker projects.

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dezodor Creator
dezodor

We know who leaked it, he wanted to make 1st of April 'joke' - without informing us - and to boost the view count of his site. We asked him several times to take them down because it can turn out bad, but he said he won't, and we should not worry, because the files are passcoded...

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PonkoWonko
PonkoWonko

The guy that did it is a real dbag... What a dickmove.

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nashathedog
nashathedog

I'm sorry to hear how big an effect it's had after all the hard work, It would be a good idea to name him to other Stalker mod groups and developers, privately if need be. Make sure he never tricks his way into a position of trust within the community again. People need to know that doing something like this will have a negative impact on there standing within the modding community.

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grazegrabber
grazegrabber

Yes it would, people who do this sort of thing should be named, they obviously have no respect for all the hard work the team have put in. There should be a consequence.
Anyway I'm very sorry this has happened.
How ever much I want to play LA I'm staying well away from from the leaked version.

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Predator_828
Predator_828

Well well done to that guy for screwing up EVERYTHING... Well it's not the end of the world. A leaked build in no way resembles the final product so when the official version is released it will be useless.

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Amoch
Amoch

Is it really possible to be so stupid, just wow...what an imbecile that leaker is..

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Bangalore
Bangalore

Who was that guy? Didn't he signed an NDA? Will he/her/it be sued?

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Minya
Minya

I think you should create a side-mission with guy named like him, to kill him because he betrayed a bunch of stalkers.
BTW, don't let one fool stand in your way dezowave! You've come along a waaaaaay log journey to be F-d up by 1 man.

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Krallah
Krallah

Dude that's actually one good idea for the game

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Stiivais
Stiivais

Agreed, a selfish and ignorant move from the tester(s?).
But i have to say that although i am looking for the release online (i am simply curious, if i'll find anything, i'll pm the team), it's nowhere to be found - if it wasn't announced that it was leaked, i wouldn't even have noticed such a thing. To me it doesn't appear like a large scale leak, google, for example, doesn't turn up anything specific, which is enough to put off most of the people who'd download it. But i guess it's the relations with GSC this leak ruined, if i understand correctly. It's sad to hear...

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BsTyLer
BsTyLer

russian sites buddy not very hard to find torrent,anyway i don't get it why is this such problem build is 6 months old and yes that stupid leak disrupts your work but how?and why?,this mod is dragging itself for way to long i lost my patience long time ago when you hinted that your in contact with GSC/Grigorovich that obviously meens mooney is in the air and that is never a good thing when it comes to mods..in the end i still don't get what is your plan you gonna realese the not beta but full game/"early access" on 26?confused big time.

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UtterHopelessNoob
UtterHopelessNoob

They're releasing it as an "early access" build-- it will be a sort-of-beta, but they will finish the game as they normally would and release that later. At least that's how I'm interpreting it.

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SnipersAngel
SnipersAngel

My Condolences as well. Part of me is excited to finally get to try Lost Alpha but I am a firm believer greatness is worth the wait and I can only imagine the feeling all of the Devs are going through.

I honestly agree that a delay is more than acceptable. I can understand a pressure to just get it on out now that it has been leaked but also would respect just continuing to work on it and making people wait, awesome things are worth waiting for :)

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker

******* bull. So close, yet now... god damn it.

That just makes me legitimately mad. Best wishes to the team, and damn those testers.

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prime79
prime79

they could have pulled a L.E.G.E.N.D.A.R.Y. and complete it, show it off, and never release it because of a leak.

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nashathedog
nashathedog

You can't blame Majorsoft, How would you feel if you found that your early beta release had been posted on Moddb and promoted like it was someone else's for over 6 months..

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prime79
prime79

he promoted it on the forums like crazy...i mean..the guy should have asked though

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N.Aaroe
N.Aaroe

"This unfortunate event crosses out any chances to release LA as an official addon to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. LA will be released as any other mod without official support from GSC."
This ruined a business opportunity for you?
GSC will not allow sales of an addon build because a faulty version will be available for free now?
Sorry, if I overlooked obvious info, but I haven't tracked properly for a while now

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RRCM_Rico
RRCM_Rico

I am wondering the same thing.

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prime79
prime79

last i checked we had builds of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and the game still came out for a fee...maybe it is still possible

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nashathedog
nashathedog

If you ask me GSC is being a bit hypocritical considering the state of there releases for SOC and CS.

Did they ever really intend to allow it or were they more interested in seeing how much interest there was?

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dezodor Creator
dezodor

This is how it works. I'm also in the music industry, and labels arent releasing musics officially on vinyl or on beatport if it can be downloaded from the artist's page, or anywhere on the web. It was our fault to trust too many people, however we needed testers, and it was easier to select from those people who we already know for years. This word "know" is also inappropriate, since we never meet in public.

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Guest
Guest

But it's not. I've searched for the sake of trying to flag uploads and it's not on the public side of the net.

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PonkoWonko
PonkoWonko

It is on the public side of the net. You're not looking close enough.

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Alluxx
Alluxx

Actually it is, it took me 10 minutes to find it. Google didn't provide any straight results though.

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GabeTheKid
GabeTheKid

why the f*ck would the testers do that??? so does this mean that youll abandon it becouse of this? or is there any chance youll finish it the way you wanted to?
if so there is no question ill whait..
if not then... i dont know... damn it

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Rus[T]
Rus[T]

All this drama will make go people nutz again, deam, never new following the dev process of a game/mod would be so stressfull.. :p

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44tim44
44tim44

I am really sad to hear that.
It's sad that it seems impossible to trust people to be professional, nowadays.

Still, leaks of alpha/beta versions of games have happened before, to bigger games, without ruining the development/release completely. (Like the Crysis 2 leak.)

Has this leak really thrown all hope for an official license out the window?

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CAPTAINJAPAN
CAPTAINJAPAN

What exactly is 'GSC Support'? What kind of support could they have given other than publishing it as an official stalker game? LA started out as a mod, and it'l be completed as a mod. If it's any good, I'd recognize it as an official stalker game regardless of what GSC thinks of it.

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SonofX51
SonofX51

Curious about this too, I suppose if it got official support there would be official endorsement and assistance with updates down the road to push those out more efficiently.

But yeah, I'm sure the mod version will be fine, but it would have been nice to have it as a stand alone title.

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CAPTAINJAPAN
CAPTAINJAPAN

I think it still is a stand alone title. I think I read in the FAQ that the development has gone so incredibly far, that the mod has pretty much turned into a proper game, with it's own unique engine. The only thing it'l probably lack is a price tag, and thats fine with me.

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SonofX51
SonofX51

Oh so it won't need one of the three to run then? Well that's nice :)

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UtterHopelessNoob
UtterHopelessNoob

Monetization, I'd imagine.

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dezodor Creator
dezodor

the article wasnt proper, and was corrected now. of course we will support the game, since we made it.

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Voroseeg
Voroseeg

Is this a late April Fools joke? :(

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Sniegininkas
Sniegininkas

No, I've seen some guys putting videos of this leaked version

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Voroseeg
Voroseeg

Damn, what a shame.

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Rus[T]
Rus[T]

Euh, what is this madness, to vague info that will get people go berserk again.. Sudden release now, this was planned @ this date? Late april fools', I hope.. When true, this is always a risk. But why is years of hard work ruined now? Keep on truckin'. I call bullsh.. ;D

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Sniegininkas
Sniegininkas

Man I'm really mad right now. And even more angry about the fact that I see people uploading videos now....Like look at me, Im the first one to play this...

What the hell...

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_TWiST3D_
_TWiST3D_

Wow, this is horrible. I had such high hopes for this being an official addon to the STALKER series. I am so sorry this happened to you guys! You've put so much effort into this game, many years, it's a shame that a leak is what ultimately crushed the chances of GSC supporting it. You guys have made my and many other's dream come true, I would've gladly payed for this game.

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Mr.tibbs
Mr.tibbs

Really sorry to hear about the leak. I'm sure it deserves a commercial release, but at least you guys made something great.

#### the jerks who screwed the team over.

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loner85
loner85

What did these "testers" expect anyway...Do you know who it was or is it impossible to track down?

I don't know, but it seems you have made one or two mistakes during choosing the testers, have you made a competition or did you hand-pick them like Nicolai did?

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Bolognius_Maximus
Bolognius_Maximus

Not testers... tester!

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