The Russian study Four Quarters has published a statement on the VK social network where they reject donations from fans; Steam has frozen purchases in Russia and payments in that country and Ukraine.
Four Quarters , the developers of one of the best indie games of the past year, Loop Hero , have asked Russian gamers interested in playing it to hack it . The curious roguelike is available on Steam, Epic Games Store and Nintendo eShop, but all these stores have stopped sales in Russia due to the siege of that nation on Ukraine . In fact, Valve’s platform hasn’t handled payments in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine since mid-March, PC Mag reports . Therefore, the small Four Quarters team has no way of receiving the income generated from the game.
Some Russian gamers have asked the studio where to buy the game, a query Four Quarters has answered on a Russian social network, VK . In the statement, translated by Kotaku , he proposes to players to “raise the pirate flag” , and in fact, offers users in the country a link to RuTracker (the largest torrent website in the country) while reminding players that it is preferable to use a VPN.
Given this response, some players have considered making direct donations to the studio, something they have also rejected. “There is nothing wrong with torrents , “ they say from Four Quarters. “We are very grateful for your support, but the truth is that we are fine. Please send this support to your family and friends in these difficult times . ” A short tweet from February 24 is pinned to the studio’s Twitter account: “We are against war.”
Loop Hero came to Switch in December
Publisher Devolver Digital and developer Four Quarters adapted Loop Hero to Nintendo Switch on December 9 in an edition that has received as good reviews as the title on PC.