‘No Russian’ Scene Censored For ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′ In Japan

Square Enix has taken over publishing duties for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” in Japan, and the game will sport at least one key difference when it launches tomorrow. Unlike the North American edition of “MW2,” players will not be able to win while shooting civilians in the now-infamous “No Russian” scene.

Shooting civilians at the airport will automatically trigger a “game over” message, according to Kotaku. The North American release, by contrast, allows for killing innocents, though similar-to-more-drastic changes were made for the German and Russian releases.

“No Russian” gets its title from its introductory dialog where the player is told not to speak Russian during the mission. The line “Remember, no Russian” has reportedly been changed to the Japanese equivalent of “Kill ’em, the Russians.”

The scene sparked controversy in the U.S. (at least for FOX News), and notably Australia when it was first revealed to to the public. None of the scolding turned out to be enough to keep the game from raking in record sales numbers though.

What do you think of the changes made to “MW2″ for Japan? Are they warranted? Should similar actions have been taken in the U.S., or are you glad you got the game that you did? Share your reactions in the comment section below.