SCS Softwarethe studio behind the popular driving simulator Euro Truck Simulator 2has announced that they have decided to cancel the release of the expansion Heart of Russiawhich as its name suggests, would allow players to drive through the center of Russia with their trucks.
In a post on its official blog, the Czech Republic-based developer said it has canceled the imminent release of the Heart of Russia DLC pack.”so that it is not perceived in any way as supporting or tolerating aggression“.
To our beloved community,
We’ve received a lot of questions about the future of Heart of Russia, our map expansion DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2. So today, after much thought, we think the time has come to respond by shedding some light on the situation for everyone. .
On February 24, 2022, our Heart of Russia team was about 6-8 weeks away from completing work on the long-awaited new DLC. We all felt very good about the result; A lot of effort had gone into making this new region look really great in-game. We were absolutely sure that our community, especially the one in Russia, would appreciate it very much.
Then suddenly the whole world was shaken by the news that the Ukraine had been invaded by Russia. We were shocked.
With great concern, we watched the news about the war, and quickly realized that we had to do something to help those who were suffering. Immediately, we began to contribute to various charities that provided humanitarian aid on the territory of Ukraine and assistance to those who were evacuating. Later, with the kind participation of the #BestCommunityOfEverything, we’ve further increased donations by contributing all proceeds from the sales of the Ukraine Paint Jobs Pack DLC. It’s amazing to see that, so far, more than 85,000 of you have decided to buy it and contribute to this noble cause. Thank you!
However, now the Heart of Russia DLC was facing great uncertainty. We asked ourselves many questions, including the most obvious. Will we ever be able to release the Heart of Russia DLC? Should we even finish the job? Since then, we have finally consolidated our ideas.
When we develop our games, we try to be as non-political as possible, thus protecting the global public from everyday controversies. We quite like the idea that our shared passion, for a truck simulator, allows people to connect, take a virtual visit to a neighboring country in peace, and enjoy a hobby we share, instead of allowing something divisive to us. separate. But since our DLC, Heart of Russia, refers directly to Russia, and with so many people suffering, we have decided to refrain from releasing the DLC so that it is not perceived in any way as supporting or tolerating aggression.
We firmly believe that there is hope for the proud people of Ukraine to prevail and for the suffering to end for all. Injustice cannot and should not win. And when the time comes for Ukraine to rebuild and heal, we will strive to find a way for our Heart of Russia DLC to play whatever part it can in that healing process, for everyone.
Let’s work together and live in hope that the days of despair and pain will soon be over.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.