Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been removed from the Russian PlayStation Store. According to Call of Duty Russia, Sony made the call not to sell the game in Russia but players can still get it for PC and Xbox One.
Call of Duty franchise and the Russian government haven't been the best buddies in the past. You may remember that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was banned in Russia due to its controversial mission No Russian, which puts players in the boots of Joseph Allen, an undercover CIA agent who participates in a mass shooting at a Moscow airport.
And since the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is inspired by that mission, another ban could be on the way and Sony's latest move might suggest that the ban could indeed happen. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is officially not available on the Russian PlayStation Store, it's been confirmed by Call of Duty Russia Twitter. Here's what's written in the announcement, translated roughly by Google Translate.
"The basis of Modern Warfare is a fully fictional story, carefully crafted to deliver pleasure to all players. SIE decided not to sell the game in the Russian PS Store. We are looking forward to the release of the game in the digital version for PC and Xbox on October 25"
The game is not banned entirely in Russia as you can see and at the moment, players can purchase it on PC and Xbox One but on the PlayStation Store, Modern Warfare is nowhere to be found. Sony are yet to reveal why they've decided to remove the game from their store but since it's a pretty controversial title, they may want to avoid any potential issues with the Russian government
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will feature one particular mission that the Russian government may not like. The mission is set in Syria and apparently, it shows the White Helmets volunteer group in a favourable light. The Russian government is opposed to the organisation in the real-life and the mission could cause some upsets. Of course, all of this is just speculation at the moment and we'll have to wait and see if Call of Duty: Modern Warfare causes any controversy in the world's largest country.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is launching on 25 October 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.