In addition to PlayStation, the makers of Angry Birds and Clash Royale have announced their departure from the country.
We knew that PlayStation would soon be on the way out, as almost all major companies have already announced their departure from the Russian market following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Japanese company has now confirmed that it will suspend shipments of new consoles to Russia until further notice; it has also cancelled the release of Gran Turismo 7 and closed its PlayStation Store, its store to Russian users.
“Sony Interactive Entertainment joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine.”
“We have suspended all software and hardware shipments, the launch of Gran Turismo 7, and operations of the PlayStation Store in Russia,” the company wrote in a letter to GamesIndustry.
This is not the only action Sony is taking. The company has announced that it will donate $2 million to the UNHCR and Save the Children “to support the victims of this tragedy.”
More companies to leave Russia
Since the call by the Ukrainian government a few days ago, several companies in the sector have closed their doors on the Russian and Belarusian markets, including big names such as Microsoft, EA, Take-Two Interactive, CD Projekt, etc. To this list, we can now add Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds; Supercells, the team responsible for mobile hits such as Clash Royale; and CI Games (Sniper Ghost Warrior).
On the other hand, we learned yesterday that the release date for Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, a military strategy game for Nintendo Switch, has been delayed.