The Euro Truck Simulator 2 Heart of Russia DLC was simply weeks away from completion at developer SCS Software program again in February, when the Russian Federation launched its invasion of Ukraine. Now, in mild of the conflict, the studio says it has determined to cancel the enlargement to keep away from the looks of providing any help to the Russian facet of the battle.
SCS Software program says that on February 24, the Coronary heart of Russia crew was about “6-8 weeks” away from being able to launch the map enlargement for his or her in style simulator game. “All of us felt actually good in regards to the consequence; a variety of effort had been invested in making this new area look actually implausible within the sport,” the devs write within the latest blog post. “We had been completely certain that our neighborhood, particularly these in Russia, would actually admire that.”
The studio scrambled to place collectively a Ukraine charity DLC to supply help to Ukrainians fleeing the conflict, and so far about 85,000 copies of the Ukrainian paint jobs DLC have been offered.
Nevertheless, the studio says at this level it confronted a tough resolution as as to whether to maneuver ahead with the Coronary heart of Russia DLC.
“When creating our video games we attempt to be as apolitical as attainable, in a method shielding the worldwide participant viewers from on a regular basis controversies,” the studio says. “We fairly like the concept our shared ardour for a truck simulation permits folks to attach, to pay a digital go to to a neighbouring nation in peace, and to get pleasure from a pastime that we generally share, slightly than permitting something divisive to set us aside.”
With that in thoughts, SCS Software program says it opted to not go ahead with the discharge of Coronary heart of Russia. “Since our DLC, Coronary heart of Russia, immediately issues Russia, and with so many individuals struggling, we determined to chorus from releasing the DLC in order that it’s not perceived in any method as being in help of or tolerance of the aggression”, the builders write.
In some unspecified time in the future, the studio says, the enlargement could change into obtainable, however solely when the conflict has ended and Ukraine begins recovering from the expensive conflict.
“When the time comes for Ukraine to rebuild and heal, then we’ll endeavour to discover a method for our Coronary heart of Russia DLC to play no matter half it could possibly in that therapeutic course of, for everybody”, the studio says.