The Russian version cannot be gifted either, further highlighting just how chained down it is.
This applies only to the copy bought on Steam. Retail versions are the international edition that everybody else in the world got. What has really infuriated consumers is the fact that nobody warned them beforehand. During pre-orders, there had been no indication that CIS residents would get a different version of the game.
It seems this is a recent thing that has been happening to a few games lately. Other 2K-published games, including Spec Ops: The Line and Max Payne 3, are also noted in the Reddit thread to be locked to Russia. Other such games include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect 3, and Prototype 2.
Of course, one can only assume the excuse for these lockdowns is piracy, which is ironic given that they're sold on digital platforms which ostensibly act as their own reasonably effective DRM. As the Reddit original poster says, "Western publishers decided it's OK to screw with people and cut down local versions because of 'piracy concerns.' This needs to stop, now."
Can't say the chap's wrong.
[Edit: It's been pointed out by commenters that a likely reason for the lockdown is to stop people buying the game cheap. Not that it makes what 2K did with this version any cooler.]
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