No Russian… There, I Said It
There have been rumors floating around for the past few weeks that Modern Warfare would not be available in Russia. Yesterday, it seems that some more concrete evidence has appeared bolstering those rumors. An email from Sony support says that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare would not appear on the Russian PlayStation Network at all. This followed the game’s disappearance from the online store and the cancellation of pre-orders. Obviously, Sony support can only speak for Sony, but it is also likely that it will not be available on Xbox One or PC in Russia.
Russian critics had been unhappy about certain Modern Warfare trailers leading up to this point. The Syria Civil Defense organization was present in the first trailer, and they have been known to oppose Russian military action in Syria IRL. Though this is not cited as the catalyst to the game’s blockage, other similar factors may have contributed. Because the game is presumably identical across all the different platforms, any problem with the PS4 version will likely affect the Xbox One and PC versions in Russia.
According to Russian news outlet DTF, who reached out to Activision regarding this news, Modern Warfare will not be returning to Russia’s PlayStation Network, but as far as the Xbox store and Battle.net goes, “circumstances are being clarified.” So, there is hope for Xbox One and PC users, but don’t hold your breath. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be available for most non-Russian countries on October 25th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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