Sony has suspended all sales in Russia, including hardware and new PlayStation 5 releases like Gran Turismo 7. The company also plans to stop operating the PlayStation Store as it calls for global peace.
PlayStation makers join Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard as some of the companies pulling out of the region amid the Ukraine conflict.
“Sony Interactive Entertainment joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine,” Sony said. “We have suspended all software and hardware shipments, the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and the operation of the PlayStation Store in Russia.”
Ahead of their State of Play on March 9, Sony announced that they would no longer be providing new PlayStation products to the Russian state, both digitally and physically.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 9, 2022
In addition, the company will contribute to a humanitarian fund to help victims as the conflict has affected thousands of civilians in the region.
“To support the humanitarian response, Sony Group Corporation announced a $2 million donation to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and international NGO Save the Children to support the victims of this tragedy,” they said .
This comes a week after Sony released its Gran Turismo 7 PlayStation series and shortly before the release of the next-gen update of Grand Theft Auto 5 and exclusive software like Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Other gaming industry giants have taken similar action against the state of Russia. EA previously removed Russian clubs and the Russian national team from FIFA 22 and NHL 22.
Meanwhile, sales for major titles like Overwatch, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and more were recently pulled from the region as Activision responded to the Ukraine conflict.
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