Czech game developer SCS Software has cancelled the upcoming Heart of Russia DLC for its smash hit, Euro Truck Simulator 2.
In a blog post, the firm said that this was due to the war in Ukraine, adding that when Russian initially invaded the country in February that the “highly anticipated” DLC was around two months from release.
“When developing our games we try to be as apolitical as possible, in a way shielding the global player audience from everyday controversies,” the company wrote.
“We quite like the idea that our shared passion, for a truck simulation, allows people to connect, to pay a virtual visit to a neighbouring country in peace, and to enjoy a hobby that we commonly share, rather than allowing anything divisive to set us apart. But since our DLC, Heart of Russia, directly concerns Russia, and with so many people suffering, we decided to refrain from releasing the DLC so that it is not perceived in any way as being in support of or tolerance of the aggression.
“We strongly believe that there is hope for the proud people of Ukraine to prevail and for the suffering to end for all. Injustice cannot and must not win. And, when the time comes for Ukraine to rebuild and heal, then we will endeavour to find a way for our Heart of Russia DLC to play whatever part it can in that healing process, for everyone.”