The effects of the protracted war have come to the fore in a different way following the previous postponement of the launch.
” STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl ” was planned to be developed and released by GSC Game World, but it became clear that access to the website of this game from within Russia was blocked. It is reported that this is based on the request of the Russian Public Prosecutor’s Office.
The regulation was primarily due to GSC Game World calling for financial support for Ukrainian nationalist organizations, according to a report by the Russian state news agency Ital-Tass on April 22. There was a statement on the page calling for participation in large-scale riots, militants, and other illegal mass actions.
“STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl” is a survival horror FPS set in an area called “ZONE” that suddenly occurred at the site of the Chernobyl power plant. It was originally scheduled to be released on April 28, but was later postponed to December 8. Furthermore, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine , a temporary suspension of development was announced on March 3 .
Regarding this regulation, visitors to the WEB page were called for financial assistance to the Ukrainian nationalist organization, and they were also called for participation in the fight against the Russian army. The Russian side claims that the series of responses is legitimate under the provisions of “Regulation of Access to Information That Violates the Law” in Russian Federation law.
In addition, on the official website of GSC Game World, thank you to those who support the fact that Russian troops have begun bombing Ukrainian cities without warning, that citizens do not want war, and that they support the act of stopping the invasion of Russia. It is stated that it is doing so, and it is called for assistance from the Ukrainian military and donations to the international charity foundation “COMEBACK ALIVE”. While it is true that GSC Game World is willing to support the Ukrainian army, what can be directly taken as a call for funding to the “Ukrainian Nationalist Organization”, such as the Russian claim. I can’t confirm. According to the Ital-Tass news report, it seems that the support of the Ukrainian army = support for nationalist organizations.
In the game of ” STALKER “, there are various groups such as a group that considers “freedom” in the zone to be the supreme, a group that advocates “thorough management control”, and a villain who aims purely for profit. One of the charms of the series is the appearance of the organization and the interaction with them through quests.
This regulation is not based on the content of the game, but it may be news that we are worried about what kind of measures will be taken in the future.
* UPDATE (2022/4/25 22:35): There was a part that could be misunderstood due to lack of explanation, so I added it and republished it.