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Kyiv-based STALKER 2 developer GSC Game World defiantly said that development of the game will continue following Ukraine’s victory over Russia in the ongoing war.
In a video uploaded to GSC YouTube channel titled “Lights! Camera! War…”, the studio explained how its world was turned upside down due to the Russian invasion.
The captions of the video read: “The week before we were editing the video on our motion capture studio. We wanted to show how the cutscenes were created, took the time to watch the videos, write scripts and talking with actors The week before was ages since.
“On February 24, Russia declared war on Ukraine and sent rockets, tanks and soldiers to our homeland. Our country is again forced to fight for its existence.
“Now we are trying to help our employees and their families to survive. The development of the game has moved to the sidelines. But we will definitely continue. After the victory. Glory to Ukraine.”
GSC has previously called for fan and industry support, and asked people to send funds to the Ukrainian military. It comes as many players in the gaming industry have thrown their support behind Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of the country.
“When the game?” is no longer the most common question. Now we hear “Are you okay?” more and more.https://t.co/E6yyzTwwSd
— OFFICIAL STALKER (@stalker_thegame) March 2, 2022
11 Bit Studios, GOG, Raw Fury, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Beetlewing, Wargaming and other game developers, publishers and influencers have donated money to charities helping Ukrainian civilians and refugees.
Ukraine also officially called on Xbox, PlayStation and “all game development companies” to temporarily stop supporting Russia and Belarus in an open letter written by Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who sometimes remembers tweeting @thelastdinsdale.