The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaster will not be sold in Russia.
Russian gamers will not be able to play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaster, for a while at least. A report, by way of GameSpot, reports that Sony has declined to sell the remastered campaign in that region. Sony doesn’t state the reason for this ban, but it doesn’t take a genius to have a guess. The game contains one of the most controversial missions in gaming history. Titled “No Russian”, the mission sees you walk through a Moscow airport, committing mass genocide. It’s a profoundly uncomfortable mission to play and led to its original ban in 2009. Modern Warfare 2 later rereleased in Russia, with the infamous mission cut. Activision has confirmed that they still plan to release in Russia, no doubt removing the offensive mission from the remaster. Considering the already short campaign, removing one mission will only lessen the appeal for gamers.
Russia Has Previous Experience With Call Of Duty
Reginal bans aren’t an unheard-of event. Both the reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its Battle Royale spin-off (Warzone) haven’t been released in the country either. Not many companies allow politics to get in the way of money, and recent events have seen how far particular publishers will go to please more stringent political regimes. Releasing video-games in countries like China and Russia has always been a balancing act, but it’s a profitable one if successful. China is the second-largest gaming market in the world and may overtake the United States within a couple of years. The campaign remaster is a timed exclusive on PS4 but will release for Xbox One and PC on April 30th.