Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has had an infinite impression on studios and unbiased builders anyplace close to the battle. Stalker 2 developer GSC Sport World was based mostly within the Ukrainian capital metropolis Kyiv, however is presently within the means of relocating to Prague, and in March ceased all operations in Russia.
GSC has because the begin of the warfare condemned the “inhuman cruelty” of the invasion and been express about this being a query of survival for its staff and their households. The studio has paused development on Stalker 2 for the second—although did replace the Steam entry to change the word Chornobyl to reflect the Ukrainian spelling). The sport’s official web site was additionally up to date with a message of assist for Ukraine and a hyperlink for assist donations.
The latter gesture could seem comparatively minor within the context of an ongoing warfare in Europe, however not should you’re the Prosecutor Common’s Workplace of the Russian Federation (thanks, xgp). As reported by the Ria Novosti news agency, a state-owned Russian outlet, on March 18 the Russian authorities demanded that entry to the Stalker 2 web site be restricted in Russia, in a tit-for-tat transfer that will even be linked to GSC’s choice to stop operations within the nation.
To western eyes it could appear petty past perception that the Russian state has time to trouble in regards to the web site for an upcoming videogame, however that is very a lot enterprise as standard for Russia. The Roskomnadzor is a state company that censors mass media, basically, and manages a register of ‘banned’ websites that any firm working within the area has to abide by.
GSC Sport World has not commented on the scenario. The studio’s most up-to-date exercise was a charity sale of its video games that by mid-April had raised over $800,000 to be donated to the Come Again Alive charitable basis.