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Gran Turismo 7 has been removed from sale in Russia, but Sony has made no formal announcement about the decision.
As reported by Eurogamer, it is believed that Sony made the decision not to sell the game in Russia last night. Gran Turismo 7 launched across the world today, and so Russian gamers expecting to be able to buy it will have been surprised to discover that is is unavailable in their region.
There has been no official announcement from Sony about the decision. The only communication thus far is a note on the Russian store page for Gran Turismo 7 which states “Release date pending confirmation.”
The move from Sony follows an open letter from Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, calling on Xbox, PlayStation and other video game companies to temporarily stop support for Russia and Belarus.
Many companies within the games industry have taken measures to support Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country. The Witcher developer and publisher CD Projekt has halted game sales to Russia and Belarus, and streamers are donating money to Ukrainian charities.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.