Call of Duty Modern Warfare is seeing some backlash from the mainstream media for being too realistic and violent. However, the issue seems to be much deeper than just realism and violence. It looks like the game’s story might just be too controversial to release in Russia.
Reports are coming in that Sony has canceled all pre-orders in Russia and is refunding those who bought a copy. Retail versions of the game were never available in the region to begin with so it likely they never will be.
Moreover, Sony itself confirmed that Modern Warfare won’t be sold in Russia but for exactly what reason? Is it banned? It seems to be the case. It is likely that the game features something worse than “No Russian” mission from Modern Warfare 2.
People started noticing the lack of Modern Warfare in Russia after the recent beta version went live everywhere in the world except Russia.
Call of Duty games has been light with their story and heavy on multiplayer for the past few years. However, the story mode is coming back with a controversial bang this year if early impressions are to be believed. Since the game is banned in Russia, more regions may follow, especially the Middle East.
So far the game is available on Russian Xbox Live and Battlennet but for now long? We’ll have to wait and see.
The game deals with controversial topics surrounding terrorism and the grey area where soldiers must operate. It tells a dark, brutally honest story which seems to be the reason why this game might see more backlash after its release.
Modern Warfare is releasing on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this October. Pre-orders for the game are now live on PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, and Battle.Net.