The Novosibirsk company Cyberia Limited, which received a grant of 260 million rubles from the Presidential Administration to develop a computer game about the Time of Troubles in Russia, turned off the site, closed the VKontakte community and renamed the legal entity. The site ixbt.games drew attention to this.
According to the Kontur.Focus service, SAiberia Limited LLC was renamed into Cyberia Nova LLC at the end of June, Taiga.Info notes.
The fact that the Internet Development Institute ANO (IRI) allocated a grant for the development of the game became known in May. It was reported that the basis of the plot of the game was to be Mikhail Zagoskin's novel "Yuri Miloslavsky, or the Russians in 1612". According to Kommersant's sources, the release of the project was scheduled for 2024. IRI usually finances 50-70% of investments, that is, the total cost of the game could be 370-520 million rubles. According to Cyberia Limited, this is enough to develop an AA project - a mid-budget game.
The main character of "Trouble" was to be the Russian prince Yuri Miloslavsky. According to the plot, he, along with Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky, would fight against the Polish invaders.
“We were inspired by the game Ghost of Tsushima <a game about the Mongolian invasion of Japan - approx. The Insider>, we have a similar motive — the struggle of a small number of patriots who were able to defeat the Polish army,” developer Alexei Koptsev told Kommersant earlier.
This was supposed to be the first independent project of Cyberia Limited - previously the company was engaged only in outsourced development for foreign studios. The "Our Clients" section on the site of the Novosibirsk developers is not active, and the studio's accounts have not been updated since 2018.
IRI appeared in 2014 with the support of the Presidential Administration. The current chairman of the State Duma, and then the deputy head of the presidential administration, Vyacheslav Volodin, indirectly participated in its creation. He agreed on the establishment of the IRI as an organization advising the Russian authorities on Internet issues. One of the co-founders was the Internet Initiatives Development Fund, created on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. IRI is headed by Aleksey Goreslavsky, who was previously responsible for the Internet industry in the Presidential Administration.
In 2020, the IRI became the operator of the competition for the creation of Internet content for young people, the chairman of the supervisory board of which was the deputy head of the Presidential Administration, Sergei Kiriyenko. In the summer of 2021, Iran received 7 billion rubles from the state. In January 2020, Rosmolodezh gave the institute a three-year subsidy for 9 billion rubles. In the next two years, Iran should receive more than 41 billion more budget funds for the same purposes - the creation of "youth-patriotic content on the Internet."
Since 2005, the events of the 17th century have been celebrated in Russia instead of the October Revolution Day. The first holiday is called "National Unity Day" and is celebrated on November 4, the second before the collapse of the USSR was celebrated on November 7. State employees and students are traditionally herded to concerts on the occasion of National Unity Day, but communists are not allowed in.