Nintendo has made the decision to delay its upcoming Advance Wars 1 & 2 remakes.
The news comes as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has seen much of the country devastated by heavy weaponry.
“In light of recent world events, we have made the decision to delay Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was originally scheduled to release on Nintendo Switch on April 8th,” Nintendo said in a tweet.
“Please stay tuned for updates on a new release date.”
The remake of the much-loved Game Boy Advance strategy games was originally planned to be released in December 2021, but was then delayed to April 8, 2022.
However, because the game revolves around destroying enemy units with artillery and taking over enemy areas, it’s been decided that releasing it during the current situation in Ukraine could be considered insensitive.
The news is the latest example of the video game industry taking a stance during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Pokémon Company International announced last week that it was donating $200,000 to provide humanitarian support to Ukraine, while Embracer Group, CD Projekt Red and Ubisoft have published messages of support for Ukraine, with Embracer and CDPR committing to donating toward aid efforts.
Last week Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister also called on Xbox and PlayStation to temporarily end support in the Russian and Belarusian markets.
Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp will feature remade versions of the original Game Boy Advance strategy campaigns, “reimagined and rebuilt from the ground up”.
The original Advance Wars was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2001, and was developed by Intelligent Systems.
It tells the story of the nation of Orange Star, which finds itself embroiled in a war against its neighbouring faction, Blue Moon, and the subsequent involvement of nearby nations Yellow Comet and Green Earth.
Players have to win each turn-based battle by either destroying every enemy unit on a map, or by taking over the enemy’s headquarters.