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Kojima Productions now sells anti-war goods in support of Ukrainian refugees.
Following the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the gaming industry has been quick to offer its support, with several game developers responding to Russia’s military action. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov even called on the Xbox, PlayStation and all game developers to temporarily halt support for Russia and Belarus. Now Kojima – who has often highlighted anti-war messages in his games – puts his money where his mouth is.
🇺🇦About the special charity article☮️All proceeds will be donated directly to those evacuated from Ukraine to Japan. pic.twitter.com/lxpBvtMMee– KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@ KojiPro2015_EN) June 21, 2022
Pre-order of “LUDENS PEACE MARK UNIT” starts today on #KojimaProductions official store. https://t.co/XR3bz1kTkT
The new “Ludens Peace Mark Unit” is basically a charm in the form of a peace symbol with a large, tensioned strap, and is for sale right now on Kojima’s official website.
“This is an original charm made of duralumin with the peace mark-shaped buckle of ‘LUDENS’, the symbolic character of Kojima Productions,” reads the product list. “It comes with a strap hole and a strap so you can attach it to your car or house keys, bags, purses, etc.”
Kojima Productions confirms that all proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated directly to those who have been evacuated from Ukraine to Japan.
KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS will provide support to those evacuated from Ukraine to Japan.
More details will be announced at a later date.
– KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@ KojiPro2015_EN) June 20, 2022
The charm is expected to be shipped in August 2022, with Kojima Productions currently accepting pre-orders.
Kojima Productions recently announced a partnership with Xbox, which allows Hideo Kojima to make a game he “always” wanted to make.
“It’s a brand new game that no one has ever experienced or seen before,” he revealed. “I’ve been waiting a very long time for the day when I could finally start creating it.”
Elsewhere, Ukrainian game developers continue to persevere despite the fact that their lives and work are turned upside down during Russia’s invasion of the country. Stalker 2 developer GSC Game World also shared a touching look at their lives and work in Ukraine.
If you want to help Ukrainian refugees, check out our guide, which shows a number of ways you can support Ukrainian civilians during the ongoing conflict.
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