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Amazon Games has halted the Russian localization of New World amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
A Russian version of the open-world MMO was planned at Amazon Games, but Vice President Christoph Hartmann told TechRadar that production has been put on hold.
“We looked at localizing New World for Russia, and we stopped doing that,” says Hartmann, although the publisher later confirmed that this was done in response to the war. Amazon Games joins 11 Bit Studios, GOG, Raw Fury, Bungie, Beetlewing, Wargaming and other developers, publishers and gaming influencers in showing support for Ukraine.
Additionally, Microsoft has suspended sales of Xbox hardware and software in Russia, responding to a call from Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov urging it and PlayStation to do so, and Apple has also halted sales of its products in the country.
The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has also stopped selling games in Russia and Belarus and last week donated 1 million Polish zlotys (about $243,000) to PAH, a Polish humanitarian charity based in of Ukraine works.
Meanwhile, FIFA 22 and NHL 22 have removed their Russian teams, the Doom II co-creator has built a new level in the game to raise funds, and Kyiv-based STALKER 2 developer GSC Game World has shared a harrowing video, which shows how the war affected his staff.
In the movie world, Disney, Sony Pictures, Paramount, and Warner Bros. have pulled all upcoming movies from release in Russia, including The Batman, Sonic 2, and more.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale.
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