Heart Of Chornobyl website blocked in Russia

The website for the next GSC Game World Stalker 2 has now been blocked in Russia after the developer said it would no longer sell its products in the country.

According to a report by RIA Novosti (Going through VGC), the website was blocked in Russia by order of the Prosecutor General’s Office. The website can no longer be viewed by those in the country.

GSC Game World is based in Ukraine but has recently started moving its offices to the Czech Republic. The information came from reports that the company was applying to open its business in the country. GSC Game World made the decision after Russia invaded Ukraine, which forced the developer to push back the release date of Stalker 2.

To help Ukraine, GSC Game World has announced that it will be launching a charity sale. All of the developer’s titles were discounted, and all money earned from the sale was to be donated to Ukraine-based humanitarian organizations. Overall, the developer was able to donate £612,557.

Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl. Credit: GSC Game World.

GSC Game World tweeted after the sale, saying, “The GSC Game World Games Charity Sale has ended. With you, we managed to raise over $800,000. Thank you! After taxes and store commissions, all funds will be donated to the Come Back Alive Charitable Foundation. We will remember that. Still.”

The developer has also updated the title of its upcoming game. Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl now includes the region’s Ukrainian spelling instead of the previously used Russian spelling. During the same update, GSC Game World also announced that it will be canceling all pre-orders of the game in Russia.

In other news, Sony is announcing a senior director of PC planning and strategy position, which suggests the publisher is looking to focus more on its PC releases.

Edwin S. Wolfe