Sony and Nintendo halt shipments to Russia which ‘may allow’ software piracy
Sony recently announced that it would stop new hardware and software sales in Russia, and Nintendo has now followed suit and will cease shipments of consoles and games.
Nintendo is expecting “considerable volatility surrounding the logistics of shipping and distributing physical goods”, and has also delayed Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp due to “recent world events.” The Russian Nintendo eShop is currently unavailable since most methods of payment have been suspended in Russia.
Reboot delay: Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a turn-based strategy game featuring what can only be described as a bright and cheerful depiction of war. It was due to launch on April 8th, but will probably stay off shelves for a little while yet.
Piracy laws: Russia might opt to legalise software piracy and suspend copyright law for international trademark holders. Developer Vostok Games has been forced to stop work as staff flee Ukrainian capital Kyiv, or opt to stay home with their families.