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Bungie stops Destiny 2 sells in Russia amid Ukraine invasion

Russian players that have downloaded Destiny 2 can still access the game, but can no longer purchase content within it.
Bungie stops Destiny 2 sells in Russia amid Ukraine invasion
As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to unfold, many game developers and companies have taken a clear stance against Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukrainian soil. 

One of the most recent ones is Bungie, the developers behind Halo and Destiny. Via a press release, the company now owned by Sony has revealed that they will cease to sell Destiny 2 content in Russia for the foreseeable future. 

"We will be working with our partners to suspend all Destiny 2 sales and commerce in Russia and Belarus."

Can you play Destiny 2 in Russia?

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Russian gamers will still be able to play Destiny 2. (Picture: Bungie)

Bungie won't be restricting access to content Russian players have already paid for. However, further purchases, which can range from Silver to buy cosmetics and expansions, are banned. 

"Players in these regions will still be able to play any Destiny 2 content they have already purchased and download the free game but will no longer be able to purchase new content or Silver," the statement clarifies.

Bungie's decision comes after Sony, their parent company, announced on 9th March the decision to suspend hardware shipments to Russia. Nintendo followed suit on that same day.

Other prominent developers such as EA have also taken measures. The company behind FIFA, the best-selling sports franchise in the market, explained that they'll be removing Russian teams and the national team from its latest iteration, FIFA 22. 

On top of joining the aforementioned companies, Bungie also revealed a brand-new emblem in support of Ukraine, which players can acquire for free.

Information regarding the Cоняшник (Sunflower) Destiny 2 emblem will be shared at a later date. Take a look at it down below.

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Players can get the Sunflower emblem for free in Destiny 2. (Picture: Bungie)

"For 'Cоняшник,' we humbly tried to exemplify the hope and courage that has been so emblematic of the Ukrainian people during this impossible time. Alongside Ukraine’s coat of arms, impressionistic sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower, populate the peaceful countryside – a metaphor for hope and our way of expressing solidarity," Bungie explained.

Sadly for Destiny 2 players in Russia who've been holding off on buying The Witch Queen expansion or the Season of the Risen season pass, they'll now have to wait until the conflict blows over. 

 

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Featured image courtesy of Bungie