In a surprising turn of events, PlayStation has announced that they are suspending all hardware and software shipments to Russia. This comes as a surprise because the PS5 is scheduled to release in 2020, and it was expected that Sony would want to capitalize on the Russian gaming market. It’s unclear why this decision was made, but many industry experts are speculating that it has something to do with the current political climate in Russia.
Sony has also confirmed that the launch of Gran Turismo 7 in Russia has been halted.
Sony Interactive Entertainment, the arm of Sony that makes the PlayStation console, is halting all software and hardware shipments to Russia because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has joined the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine. They have also suspended software and hardware shipments, the launch of Gran Turismo 7, and PlayStation Store operations in Russia. Sony has also announced a $2 million donation to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children to support those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. PlayStation has not released an official statement at this time. However, we will update this post if they do. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
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Ubisoft and Rockstar Games have stopped selling their games in Russia because of the conflict with Ukraine.
In a statement (via Mashable), Take-Two spokesman Alan Lewis said that the company is “concerned and saddened” by recent events in Ukraine. After careful consideration, the company has decided to stop new sales, installations, and marketing support across all its labels in Russia and Belarus at this time.
Nintendo Russia has confirmed that the region’s eShop is down because of payment issues. Ubisoft has updated its statement to say that the company is suspending sales in Russia in light of the tragedy in Ukraine.