New World’s Russian Localization Halted by Amazon Games

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Amazon Games has halted New World‘s Russian localization amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

A Russian version of the open-world MMO was being planned at Amazon Games but vice president Christoph Hartmann told TechRadar that its production was put on hold.

“We were looking into localizing New World for Russia, and we stopped that”, Hartmann says with the publisher later confirming it 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 Xbox hardware and software sales in Russia, answering a call from Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov asking it and PlayStation to do so, and Apple has also stopped selling its products in the country.

Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has also halted its game sales in Russia and Belarus and last week donated 1 million Polish złoty (approximately $243,000) to PAH, a Polish humanitarian charity working in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, FIFA 22 and NHL 22 removed their Russian teams, Doom II’s co-creator built a new level in the game to raise funds, and Kyiv-based STALKER 2 developer GSC Game World shared a harrowing video showing how the war has affected its employees.

In the film world, Disney, Sony Pictures, Paramount, and Warner Bros. have all pulled upcoming movies from release in Russia including The Batman, Sonic 2, and more.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.

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