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EA Can’t Stand The Pressure, Removes Taliban From Medal Of Honor’s MP

by Ernice Gilbert on October 1st, 2010, under Dice, EA, Hot, News

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.

There were even threats in the UK to ban the game, that however, didn’t come to fruition. Will sales be hurt by the mess? Pachter doesn’t think so, saying it won’t see any “impact”.

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.

Greg Goodrich
Executive Producer
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.

Thanks, Kotaku.

14 Comments

  1. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 12:28 pm

    To me, this is massive fail.

  2. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Man that’s just weak,I’m not sure I want this game anymore.

  3. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Fail. Fail. Fail. What ever happened to free speech?

  4. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 4:07 pm

    @newyearnewrule We sold it for a profit like everything else in this country…

  5. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 4:12 pm

    @0s1019: Couldn’t agree with you more, bro. Everything’s about the almighty dollar these days. But I reckon, EA will lose sales instead of gaining.

  6. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 4:33 pm

    @Ernice Gilbert A friend of mines just cancelled his pre-order my MOH comrades are dying before the game even comes out :) . Once I re-up my MS points my I will switch my gamer tag os1019 over to GT status…

  7. Fri, 1st Oct 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Okay great! Looking forward to that! Yeah, we were thinking of a game to play together online and we came up with MOH. Now, I’m not so sure….Not so sure at all!

  8. Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 at 12:54 am

    @os1019: You’re right. It’s a shame EA gave up like this.

  9. Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 at 4:22 am

    who cares?
    honestly to not want a game just because terrorists are no longer playable?
    lunacy!
    yea its about principle, but put yourself in EAs shoes there only trying to please more people AKA bring in more bucks.
    probably too little too late, but as the saying goes better late than never!

  10. Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 at 5:13 am

    Nick, it’s not about the terrorists, it’s about the principle of the whole thing. How come Activision didn’t leave out “No Russian”? Something I find to be even more appalling than playing as the Taliban — likewise, the Nazis are just as bad, we play like them all the time in COD games. It’s just the principle of the whole situation.

    And why are not movies judged the same way. Would they stop selling movies that portray the same or worst? I reckon not, because we’ve had worst movies in our lifetime. It’s about standing up for something… I know there’s a time when one goes too far, but in this instance, EA should have stood and make the industry proud.

    Or at least create an option allow gamers to make that choice themselves. It’s for this reason I won’t buy the game.

  11. Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 at 10:31 am

    i know, i know, but you have to put yourself in EAs shoes.
    what would you do, ignore thousands of people and risk loosing thousands of sales?
    or give into the pressure and hopefully gain back some sales.
    never know, since they changed this military bases may lift the ban so soldiers can now purchase it.

  12. Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Well, they might lose more sales now…

  13. Sun, 3rd Oct 2010 at 9:11 am

    they will gain more than they loose.
    hopefully this changes the military bases minds and stock MoH, probably too late now since its out in 2 weeks but still.
    better late than never.

  14. Sun, 3rd Oct 2010 at 9:18 am

    Yeah.

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