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

Posted by CrommCruac on Apr 2nd, 2014

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
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 Apr 2 2014, 5:23pm says:

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 Apr 2 2014, 6:17pm replied:

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

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Swirekster Apr 2 2014, 10:02pm replied:

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


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

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aculeuskhaa Apr 3 2014, 11:12am replied:

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

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Zombiestubble Apr 3 2014, 11:31pm replied:

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 Apr 12 2014, 1:39pm replied:

Nothing is cut? ask Dezowave?

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Stefanice Apr 6 2014, 7:16am replied:

I approve.

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nashathedog Apr 2 2014, 9:53pm replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 2:07am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 3:51am replied:

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

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nashathedog Apr 3 2014, 6:36am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 6:50am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 10:44am replied:

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 Apr 4 2014, 11:46am replied:

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

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Bangalore Apr 5 2014, 4:38pm replied:

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

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Minya Apr 19 2014, 5:54am replied:

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 Apr 21 2014, 4:42pm replied:

Dude that's actually one good idea for the game

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Stiivais Apr 3 2014, 10:16am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 11:02am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 12:38pm replied:

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 Apr 4 2014, 2:46am replied:

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 Apr 2 2014, 5:28pm says:

******* 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 Apr 2 2014, 7:10pm replied:

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 Apr 2 2014, 9:56pm replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 5:43pm replied:

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

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N.Aaroe Apr 2 2014, 5:35pm says:

"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 Apr 2 2014, 5:41pm replied:

I am wondering the same thing.

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prime79 Apr 2 2014, 7:12pm replied:

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 Apr 2 2014, 9:59pm replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 2:12am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 8:21am replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 9:14am replied:

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

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Alluxx Apr 4 2014, 2:29am replied:

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

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GabeTheKid Apr 2 2014, 5:36pm says:

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] Apr 2 2014, 6:02pm replied:

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 Apr 2 2014, 5:51pm says:

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 Apr 2 2014, 5:52pm says:

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 Apr 2 2014, 8:32pm replied:

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 Apr 2 2014, 10:15pm replied:

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 Apr 3 2014, 3:07am replied:

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

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UtterHopelessNoob Apr 3 2014, 12:00am replied:

Monetization, I'd imagine.

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dezodor Creator
dezodor Apr 3 2014, 2:13am replied:

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

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Voroseeg Apr 2 2014, 5:55pm says:

Is this a late April Fools joke? :(

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Sniegininkas Apr 2 2014, 6:08pm replied:

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

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Voroseeg Apr 2 2014, 6:10pm replied:

Damn, what a shame.

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Rus[T] Apr 2 2014, 5:55pm says:

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 Apr 2 2014, 6:13pm says:

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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_xXxTWiST3DxXx_ Apr 2 2014, 6:13pm says:

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 Apr 2 2014, 6:16pm says:

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 Apr 2 2014, 6:18pm says:

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 Apr 3 2014, 7:08am replied:

Not testers... tester!

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