The “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” airport scene may have stirred up hostilities in Russia, but Activision denies that the game was banned and claims a censored version of the game was already prepared for the Russian market. The company says that decision came without government pressure and was made internally.
“Other countries have formal ratings boards that we regularly work with,” an Activision representative told Eurogamer. “However, Russia does not have a formal ratings entity. As a result, we chose to block the scene after seeking the advice of local counsel.”
Though the Xbox 360 version of “MW2″ was reportedly removed from retail shelves, Activision asserts that no such action was taken and that the game was only launched for PC in Russia.
“Reports that ’Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′ has been banned in Russia are erroneous,” the company’s statement said. “Activision only released a PC version of the game in Russia which went on sale on Tuesday, 10th November.”
In other words, you can’t ban what wasn’t already there, so if the game was never released for the 360, it couldn’t have been pulled off shelves. I guess that means the angry Russians who started this story must have been playing bootlegged and unedited European or American editions.
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