It’s just about time for the annual Call of Duty bonanza, but one storefront won’t be taking part. Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that it won’t be selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare digitally in Russia.
The info was posted to Call of Duty’s Russian Twitter account, where fans translated it saying that Modern Warfare is a “completely fictional story, carefully crafted to please all players.” It concluded that the game would not be sold digitally in Russia on the PlayStation Store, though it would still be sold on PC and Xbox’s digital storefronts.
USgamer reached out and received confirmation from Sony Interactive Entertainment that it would not be selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the PlayStation Store in Russia. This presumably only covers digital copies.
It’s a very odd and specific decision, though the beta for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was also pulled from the PlayStation Store while it was up. According to reports, Sony support confirmed at the time that Modern Warfare would not be sold on the PlayStation Store in Russia and pre-orders were being cancelled.
The reboot of the Modern Warfare line of Call of Duty games does look to be back to its old, provocative ways, so it’s possible that portrayals of real, living nations might be an issue. It’s not the first time a game has been pulled for portrayals of controversial issues, but neither Sony nor Activision seems to be clarifying why at this time.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare hits shelves October 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Once it’s live, be sure to check out our guides section to keep up with all the unlocks and need-to-know info.