Sony has quietly pulled Gran Turismo 7’s Russian release
On release day the racer is unavailable to buy via the Russian PlayStation Store
Sony Interactive Entertainment has quietly pulled Gran Turismo 7‘s Russian release.
The PS4 and PS5 game was scheduled for a worldwide release today, but it’s currently unavailable to buy digitally via the Russian PlayStation Store, which lists its release date as “pending confirmation”.
Eurogamer claims Sony made the decision not to sell the game in Russia on Thursday night, although the company has yet to officially comment on the move.
VGC has contacted PlayStation for comment on the game’s removal from sale.
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Sony has become the most high-profile games company yet to withdraw products from sale in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24 and is being aided by Belarus.
Earlier this week, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister called on Xbox and PlayStation to halt product support in both Russia and Belarus.
In an open letter, Mykhailo Fedorov said the platform holders should block all Russian and Belarusian accounts and temporarily stop the participation of their nations’ teams and players in all international esports events.
On Thursday, Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher maker CD Projekt pulled sales of its products, including PC games distributed through GOG, in Russia and Belarus.
Meanwhile, EA has removed all Russian teams from FIFA 22 and all Russian and Belarusian teams from NHL 22.
Ukraine-based Stalker 2 studio GSC Game World said this week that the game’s development has been put on hold due to Russia’s invasion of its home country.
The developer of anti-war game This War of Mine recently pledged to donate some profits from the game to the Ukrainian Red Cross, while Doom II co-creator John Romero has created a new level for the game to raise money for Ukraine’s war effort.