The Taliban will now be called, “Opposing Force”.
EA’s just announced that it no longer will allow Taliban characters to be playable in the game’s multiplayer, citing strong, negative reactions from “friends and families of fallen soldiers.”
“This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team,” Greg Goodrich, executive producer of Medal of Honor wrote in a statement this morning on the Medal of Honor website.
“This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.”
Recently, EA said the game was completely influenced by Tier 1 soliders, that however, didn’t seems to help. The soldiers were not part of the controversy, in fact they want the game as is. That didn’t work either.
EA CEO John Riccitiello said the blowup was the mainstream media’s fault, and that the whole thing took him by surprise.
After the scandal erupted, GameStop said it would not sell the game in its stores located on military bases, and that if soldiers wanted to pick it up, they’d have to go to one of their off base stores.
Here’s Goodrich’s full statement:
In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We’ve received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative.
However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.
While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.
To all who serve – we appreciate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for granted. And to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently serving overseas, stay safe and come home soon.
Medal of Honor
Medal Of Honor 2010 comes available in the U.S. on October 12th, and in Europe on the 15th of the same month for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.