This aversion to any potential controversy spawned by the removal of Russian language support from Gotham Knights is likely fueled by the recent outcry over the game’s handling of Barbara Gordon and her supposed recovery from a previous injury at the hands of the Joker. On a somewhat less controversial note, it has been confirmed that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Gotham Knights have been dropped in favor of focusing on the current-gen consoles. Likewise, it has been confirmed that Gotham Knights will only support two players in online co-op despite the game’s premise of four former sidekicks joining forces to defend Gotham City following Batman’s death.
While the battles and missions these heroes will take on in Gotham Knights are fictional, the struggles felt by the people of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s ongoing invasion are very real. While it may be unfair to deny Russian gamers who have no control over the actions of their government the chance to play exciting new games like Gotham Knights, hopefully the statement made by publishers like WB Montreal will help emphasize the need for a peaceful resolution for the people of Ukraine – and allow video game publishers to include Russian language options once more in the future.
Source: The Happy Warrior (via Eurogamer)