Euro Truck Simulator 2, developed by SCS Software, has announced that it has shelved the upcoming Russia-themed DLC pack after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Czech Republic based developer, in a blog post, It said it has canceled the release of the Heart of Russia DLC pack, "so that they do not support or perceive it as tolerating aggression in any way."
Euro Truck Simulator 2 has become a cult game since its release in 2012, leading its developer to support the game with more than half a dozen major DLC packs since then. These packs expanded the game's map and added new countries for players to traverse. When officially announced in March 2021, SCS said that the Heart of Russia expansion would not allow players access to the entire country, but aimed to reach the "upper Volga river". Thanks to the previous Beyond the Baltic Sea DLC, limited regions of Russia were already available in the game.
According to the developer, the Heart of Russia DLC pack had approximately six to eight weeks to complete on February 24, when the invasion began. Initially, the company said it contributed to humanitarian organizations and later on, which now sells over 85.000 copies. Ukrainian Paint Jobs Pack DLCHe said he donated all the proceeds from the sale of However, he eventually had to make a decision about the new map expansion DLC (Heart of Russia).
“When developing our games, we try to be as apolitical as possible, keeping the global player base from daily discussions. We embrace the idea that our shared passion for a truck simulation allows people to connect, make a peaceful virtual visit to a neighboring country, and enjoy a hobby we share in common, rather than letting anything divisive emerge. However, because our DLC, Heart of Russia, concerns Russia directly and that so many people are suffering, we have decided to refrain from releasing the DLC.” said.
SCS' blog post leaves the door open for the DLC to be released someday in the future. “When the time comes for Ukraine to rebuild and heal, we will try to find a way for our Heart of Russia DLC to play whatever role it can for everyone in this healing process,” he writes.