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'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Blocked On PlayStation Store In Russia

'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Blocked On PlayStation Store In Russia

Sony Interactive Russia is refusing to sell the upcoming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare on the Russian PlayStation store. This comes from both Call of Duty publisher Activision and a statement from CoD Russia Twitter account. According to Activision, this decision was entirely Sony's, and Modern Warfare will still be available digitally in Russia on PC and Xbox One.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a fictional game that has been thoughtfully created to entertain fans and tell a compelling narrative," the statement reads. "Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to sell Modern Warfare on the PlayStation Store in Russia at this time. We look forward to launching Modern Warfare digitally in Russia on 25 October on PC via Battle.net and on console via Xbox."

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Get Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Cheaper Than Anywhere Else. Credit: Activision
Get Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Cheaper Than Anywhere Else. Credit: Activision

It also seems that any preorders for the game made on the Russian PlayStation store have been cancelled, with the money being returned to any users who had already made the purchase.

It's not entirely clear why Sony Interactive Russia is reluctant to sell Modern Warfare, but it appears that the company previously expressed its reservations about the game during the beta last month in a fairly explicit manner by... abruptly removing said beta from the PlayStation Store.

An Activision spokesperson told CharlieINTEL at the time, "unfortunately, Sony Interactive Entertainment is unable to support the Modern Warfare Beta on PS4 in Russia this weekend." Again, it's not clear why.

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Sony Interactive Russia's mysterious objections to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare are especially curious when you consider that PlayStation has a deal in place with Activision for exclusive content on the PS4 version of the game, especially since - much to the annoyance of players everywhere - PS4 users will be able to get their hands on the Spec Ops Survival mode a whole year before Xbox One and PC owners.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Credit: Acitivision
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Credit: Acitivision

Modern Warfare, as you likely know by this point, is a reboot of the popular franchise with a much-touted gritty and authentic campaign that reportedly revolves around a terrorist organisation that manages to obtain chemical weapons.

At one point in the game's story, there'll be a section in which you play as a young girl who finds herself in the middle of a Russian bomb strike on a Middle Eastern city, before the young girl ultimately ends up killing a Russian soldier who murders her father.

It's unclear whether the campaign's subject matter has proved to be the sore point for Sony Interactive Russia, though Activision's statement, which stresses that the game is fictional, seems to suggest this could be the case.

Featured Image Credit: Activision

Topics: Modern Warfare, infinity ward, Call of Duty, Activision

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.