On March 7, GSC Game World closed access to the purchase of all games in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise without warning. for Russian Steam users.
Accordingly, pre-order S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl on the Valve platform will also no longer work.
At the same time, the studio did not make any statements about this at all, unlike other gaming companies that limited access to their titles on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Russian fans of the series in response to this brought down the rating of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. on Steam. Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat have mixed reviews.
A lot of people accused the studio of hypocrisy and emphasized that games should remain out of politics.