Warner Bros. reportedly canceled Russian version of Gotham Knights in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Warner Bros. reportedly canceled the Russian version of Gotham Knights in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

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The claim comes from freelance journalist Peter Pischke via The Happy Warrior substack, whose previous discovery of Resident Evil 4 VR censorship prompted Capcom to confirm that the game had been “updated” for “a modern audience”. .

On May 26just over a month after releasing its April 10 initial report on the subject after receiving further information from its sources, reported that “According to certain people familiar with Warner Brothers Montreal, the Russian-language version of the upcoming Batman game, ‘Gotham Knights’, was canceled due to the political fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Pischke further noted that “other language versions were unaffected”.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

Speaking about his investigative methods, Pischke explained, “For confirmation, I spoke with Warner Bros public relations officials who chose to speak off the record. I then followed the game’s Steam page from the Russian side, which shows that there is no Russian language support for the game, not even subtitles.

“Rumors of the game being canceled have been swirling online since March,” he added, “but now we can officially confirm.”

Notably, while the Russian version of the game’s official website was active when Pischke posted his original post, as noted in his updated post, the webpage has since been taken down.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

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An open-world action RPG with co-op support, Gotham Knights will let players take control of Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, or Red Hood to protect Gotham in the wake of Batman’s death.

Along with battling the Dark Knight’s gallery of psychopaths and super-villains, the eponymous Knights will have to defeat the mysterious Court of Owls.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

Although WB Games Montreal previously developed Batman: Arkham Origins, Gotham Knights is not part of the popular Arkham series. Instead, it will exist in its own continuity.

Currently, Gotham Knights is set to launch on October 25 for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S consoles.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

Putin’s continued invasion of Ukraine has prompted many American companies to withdraw services and products from Russia in a bid to show solidarity with its independent neighbor.

For example, YouTube blocked the Russian Parliament channel from their service, while many game companies simultaneously offered charity to Ukraine and refused to operate in Russia.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony have suspended all or part of their services in Russia.

Blizzard Entertainment has removed the small Z symbol from a variation of Overwatch’s Russian character Zarya’s outfit, though this is clearly a reference to his own name rather than the one used by the military. Russian.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

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Wargaming has also announced that they will cease all sales from Russia, even though the region is a huge market for their popular World of Tanks and World of Warships.

Other companies that have taken similar action include Frogwares, GSC Game World, Vostok Games, 11-Bit Studios, Bungie, Ubisoft, Techland, DICE, and Embracer Group.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

In movies, Disney and Sony said they wouldn’t release their movies in Russia, as did Paramount.

Warner Bros. also announced that it would halt its releases, in hindsight, a precursor move to Warner Bros. Interactive regarding Gotham Knights.

Source: Gotham Knights (2022), Warner Bros. Interactive

What do you think? Do you think that such refusals to release a game or a movie in Russia upset the citizens of the country or its government more? Let us know on social media and in the comments below!

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