[Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that FragLab had put development of Shatterline on hiatus.]
As of roughly four weeks ago, Ukrainian game developer FragLab Studio has diverted a lot of their focus to providing financial and logistical support for the Ukrainian armed forces. Ukraine is still grappling with illegal military aggression perpetrated by Russia and Belarus, and while many companies in the game space have stepped up to help, FragLabs are the only studio we know of to take such a direct approach.
FragLab have changed their website completely to communicate a drastic change of priorities to support the Ukrainian army. “Dear friends, normally the FragLab team develops video games but at the moment we changed our focus – nowadays we raise funds and purchase thermal imagers for our military”, the new website description reads.
LinkedIn appears to be the primary source of communication for FragLab, and they use it to frequently post updates with news and results of their fundraising efforts. FragLab co-founder and CEO Max Dembik was interviewed about the switch, highlighting the studio’s future and how he had taken up arms to defend Kyiv – you can read the interview in Ukrainian.
FragLab is best known for its work developing notable shooters such as Crysis, Battlefield 2, and Warface. They are currently developing their upcoming AAA FPS-MMO game, Shatterline, in collaboration with publisher Wargaming, who themselves recently left Russia and Belarus and cut business ties with both countries completely. Despite their new initiative to support the Ukrainian military, FragLab assured us they are on track with Shatterline’s development and plan to roll out a public playtest soon.
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