We are going to answer a few common questions and talk about some important developments in this update. First off, we have a new team member!
As you probably know, a couple of the same profiles have been spurring negativity in the comments section. They've even sent links to Kickstarter projects that they are affiliated with. This negativity has escalated to the point where we've been getting full on death threats recently. We're not sure who's doing this, but we have an idea, and it's fairly easy to track down their IP addresses. We have contacted the people who we suspect are doing this. For anyone who is participating in this, endangering people's lives goes beyond trolling and spreading lies. It's crossing a red line that should never be crossed.
We will have to file a police report with the appropriate authorities if this continues. One of our team members has even asked us to remove his image from Kickstarter (he's still on our team), because people have threatened his family's lives if we don't remove his image. We never thought in a million years that this game would cause so much controversy. It feels like we're running for office!
With that said, we will weather the storm and continue this Kickstarter as planned. We've contacted multiple news outlets and answered any questions that they may have.
Something really weird that's come up a lot is that some people are saying that we're actors (someone even mentioned that we are robots :)) They've pointed to shutterstock images as "proof" of that. First off, check out our video update (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/posts/890951 ). When you're done with that, feel free to check out resources such as google or linkdn if you have any more doubts.
Getting into a bit more detail regarding the shutterstock photos of us; the images of Eugene Kim and Peter Dushynskyi were made by Dmitry Panchenko, Art Director of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online (he obtained this position after Ilya Tolmachev had left the project https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ilya-tolmachev/18/77/b97), with whom some of our team used to work with. He is also a photographer and the photos were made during the photo session on the TFP basis. Proper model releases were signed, so he had all rights to use this image for stock photos. If you take a look at his portfolio, you can see a few specialists from Vostok Games as well :).
We want to say that we have a lot of people who aren't mentioned on our Kickstarter, but are still a part of our team. That includes people who work on administrative, legal, organizational and PR aspects. This is wholly their decision, and we fully understand that, because not everyone wants to be the subject of constant scrutiny and accusations. Regarding Leo, he handles some legal and financial aspects of our game. We've heard of conspiracy theories about him, but we honestly don't care if he has or hasn't filed lawsuits in the past (if it's even the same Leo).
Lastly, we want future updates to be about AREAL itself, and not about us having to prove that we are who we say we are. In that spirit, below is a new image of one of the vehicles that you can use to navigate the world of Areal. Updates will continue on a daily basis, and we'll post more video updates too. Some will talk about gameplay, others will introduce new people, and others will just be about us messing around. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read our updates!