In December 2003, a pre-alpha build of the game was leaked to peer-to-peer file sharing networks. This build, marked as version 1096, inadvertently acted as a fully functional tech demo of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
After that, with the game missing the 2003 release date and still far from being finished, the publisher THQ sent Dean Sharpe (the later CEO of Metro developer 4A Games, which would be formed by some ex-members of GSC Game World who had worked on Shadow of Chernobyl) to oversee cutting many features and downsizing the overall scale and ambitions to save it from development hell, leaving much of it to be picked up in a sequel.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha is a free and standalone game that uses assets from various stages of the development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, as well as assets created by dedicated fans. It has a much bigger Zone and restores features such as vehicles to drive around the zone, factions fighting for power, a players actions affecting his or her reputation among factions and important stalkers, as well as numerous missions and plot elements that were once lost to time.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha was developed by a formation of former Shadow of Chernobyl developers, most of whom had joined 4A Games after its collapse: Mr. Meanstreets, Mr. Harmlessness, Mr. Strategic and Mr. Toaster. Also were members of a team lead by DJT: Mr. Collaboration, Mr. Histrionics, Mr. Anime, Mr. Help and Mr. Dangerous. Many other team members, however, are still active in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. community and are still working on updates and new content for the Lost Alpha manuscript. Mr. Fascist was also present at studio release and as director of the game, but was replaced later on by Mr. Heavy Metal.
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