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SCS Software have put out a statement about the Heart of Russia upcoming DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and they've decided not to release it. With the ongoing barbaric invasion of Ukraine from Russia, it's not exactly surprising that releasing a DLC expansion for a game that's focused on Russia might cause problems.

In their statement, SCS mentioned how they "try to be as apolitical as possible" but in this case, they simply could not stay silent on it "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".

Sounds like it's not completely cancelled though, as they will hold onto it until Ukraine can "rebuild and heal" so they will then "endeavour to find a way for our Heart of Russia DLC to play whatever part it can in that healing process, for everyone".

A tough situation for SCS to navigate through, considering all the effort they put into their work and their DLC are usually quite well received too due to the work they put in to capture the essence of the areas they add in.

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This is the right decision. It's absolutely crazy what Russian government do right now, and not only government - around 70% citizens believe in propaganda, and honestly wish Ukrainians death. There is just no point to release this DLC until Russia citizens change their mind, and I don't expect it to happen anytime soon.
dude 30 May
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Such a sane dev
Kimyrielle 30 May
It's the right call. Unfortunately, in this case, there was no unpolitical decision available. It's a shame that they blew so much money on making a product they in all likelihood will never be able to sell before it is horribly outdated. The time it will take for Russia to be an accepted member of the international community again will be measured in decades, not years...
Koopacabras 30 May
Quoting: KimyrielleIt's a shame that they blew so much money on making a product they in all likelihood will never be able to sell before it is horribly outdated.
yeah a real shame, but I guess SCS will live on and survive, it's quite amazing that Euro Truck Simulator always tops the 50 most played games on Steam for years now. I suppose they have enough cash influx to cover the losses.
Bumadar 30 May
Quoting: RussianNeuroMancerThis is the right decision. It's absolutely crazy what Russian government do right now, and not only government - around 70% citizens believe in propaganda, and honestly wish Ukrainians death. There is just no point to release this DLC until Russia citizens change their mind, and I don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

Quoting: KimyrielleIt's the right call. Unfortunately, in this case, there was no unpolitical decision available. It's a shame that they blew so much money on making a product they in all likelihood will never be able to sell before it is horribly outdated. The time it will take for Russia to be an accepted member of the international community again will be measured in decades, not years...

Not arguing at all about the fact that what is happening in the Ukraine is wrong, it is.

But I honestly feel that what the west is doing now towards the Russian people is so very very flawed. Going after the rich and influential people there, go for it. But cutting the normal Russian off from everything is only pushing them more into the corner we don't want them to be.

What will this accomplish really? Nothing it will just make a gamer go f*** this, stupid West/developer. He is not going onto the streets and demonstrate with the risk of a jail timer longer then what you get in some countries for a murder, no he will go like hmmm maybe all the news I see every day (the propaganda) has some truth.

I also have no correct solution for it all, but I do feel that cutting the normal Russian off from the world (no google/apple pay/xbox/sony ps,no more games to buy on steam, etc etc) is not the way.

Let the Flaming start :)


Last edited by Bumadar on 30 May 2022 at 6:46 pm UTC
LNX 30 May
Доброго вечора, ми з України

Flaming's officially stopped

No pasarán
M@GOid 30 May
Quoting: RussianNeuroMancerThis is the right decision. It's absolutely crazy what Russian government do right now, and not only government - around 70% citizens believe in propaganda, and honestly wish Ukrainians death. There is just no point to release this DLC until Russia citizens change their mind, and I don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

Mind you is not just Russians that eat their propaganda. A bunch of people here in Brazil that identify themselves as leftists, believe in it too. Is not all of them, but enough to be annoying.
Linas 30 May
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Quoting: BumadarBut I honestly feel that what the west is doing now towards the Russian people is so very very flawed. ...cutting the normal Russian off from everything is only pushing them more into the corner we don't want them to be.
The problem is how do you define where to draw the line? All those soldiers, generals, politicians, they are fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, friends to someone. To normal Russians, as you put it. Is a wife at fault if her husband goes to another country to rape and plunder? What about all those kindergarten teachers who proudly dress kids up in military uniforms? This is not happening in a vacuum, and everything and everyone are connected in one way or another.

An actual president would care about the welfare of his people. Unfortunately we all know that Putin does not. But not doing anything is not an option either, because neutrality only benefits the aggressor.

In the end we are measuring hundreds of thousands killed against not being able to buy a DLC for a game. If opposing this mindless war inconveniences a few innocent Russians, then be it.
I'm fine with making Russia a pariah for their brutal invasion. Just wish we could apply this excellent standard universally. So like, to Saudi Arabia with their equally if not more brutal invasion of Yemen. Or the United States with too many invasions to count.
chelobaka 30 May
Quoting: BumadarI also have no correct solution for it all, but I do feel that cutting the normal Russian off from the world (no google/apple pay/xbox/sony ps,no more games to buy on steam, etc etc) is not the way.

Business cannot be run on emotions and it shouldn't touch politics as well. Does cancelling of this DLC help one side against the other in the conflict? Highly unlikely. But it will surely hurt the developer.

Sanctions always hurt common people and elites still have money to buy latest iPhone or whatever. Political problems — a war is a part of politics — should be resolved using appropriate instruments like diplomacy and military power.
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