In a move that is yet to be fully explained, Sony has decided not to offer Call of Duty Modern Warfare for sale on the PlayStation Store in Russia. Yet the game will be available in the country on other platforms, which begs the question ‘what is going on?’
First thoughts on receiving the news were that the story’s content was in some way to blame. What with the sensitive nature of conflict, old and new. And rightfully so, too. But this was largely rebuted by the fact it will be available for PC via Battle.net and console on the Xbox One. After all, the game is identical for all formats.
So, what has prompted the decision?
Unfortunately, we are not able to answer that question. Activision did release a statement to Eurogamer, stating:
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a fictional game that has been thoughtfully created to entertain fans and tell a compelling narrative. Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to sell Modern Warfare on the PlayStation Store in Russia at this time. We look forward to launching Modern Warfare digitally in Russia on 25 October on PC via Battle.net and on console via Xbox.”
Then, when pushed by GamesIndustry, Sony added a few words of its own to the mystery. Although none proved any more enlightening, for the statement simply read:
“Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to sell Modern Warfare on the PlayStation Store in Russia at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Still, there is the hope Call of Duty Modern Warfare will launch in Russia at some point in the future; Sony have purposely used the phrase “at this time” in their comment. But owing to the obvious struggles behind the scenes, it seems inevitable it will feature some form of censorship – which may become more apparent once we’ve seen the story. Because that “compelling narrative” is guilty until proven otherwise…
Will this “delay” by Sony thwart your deployment? Or are you gearing up with the enemy, Microsoft?
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