STALKER 2 changed subtitle to “Heart of Chernobyl” due to war in Ukraine

A soldier points a gun at a building in STALKER 2: The Heart of Chernobyl.

Screenshot: GSC game world

Upcoming first-person shooter STALKER 2 will no longer be subtitled “Heart of Chernobyl“. Now it’s official with subtitles STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobylconfirmed the representative of the Ukrainian developer GSC Game World. Kotaku.

GSC Game World has updated the first-person shooter Steam Listing earlier this week to reflect the name change and will soon release similar updates to its listing on Xbox keep. (STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl was only confirmed for release on PC and Xbox Series X/S.) These changes, according to a spokesperson, are meant to reflect the “correct Ukrainian spelling” of “Chernobyl” and are “the consequences of the Russian invasion” of Ukraine.

February 24 in an unprecedented act of aggression Russia invaded Ukraine, inflicting a series of military strikes on major cities, including Kharkiv, Mariupol and Kiev, where GSC Game World is based. The conflict, which is still ongoing, has resulted in over 1,500 civilian deaths and three million refugees. according to statistics from the Council on Foreign Relations.

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“As of today, the Russian Federation has officially declared war on Ukraine,” GSC Game World said in a statement. statement while. “Our country woke up to the sound of explosions and gunfire, but is ready to defend its freedom and independence, because it remains strong and ready for anything. … Ukraine will stand. As always.

GSC Game World confirmed Kotaku this STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl will not be sold in Russia or its ally Belarus, following similar steps from major publishers such as Sony and CD Projekt Red. Earlier this month itch.io indie games store showcase collected a $10 charity package with over 900 games, soundtracks and books, and all proceeds go to humanitarian organizations helping people in Ukraine.

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