Much like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare this past October, Sony is refusing to sell the newly-released shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, through the PlayStation Store in Russia.
Publisher Activision confirms as much but stopped short of providing the reasoning behind the decision. Once again, it’s likely the controversial ‘No Russian’ mission played a part. ‘No Russian’ sees players mow down civilians at an airport alongside a terrorist group.
After considerable backlash upon release of the original back in 2009, Activision removed the mission from the Russian version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 . It does, however, appear uncut in the remastered version.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to sell Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered on the PlayStation Store in Russia. We are looking forward to releasing Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered digitally in Russia on Xbox One and PC via Battle.net.
For the time being, the decision means Russian players are unable to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered.
Yesterday, alongside the big reveal for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, Activision had some bad news for PC, and Xbox One players – the game is currently only available on PlayStation 4. Other platforms have to wait until Apr. 30.
As Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is a digital-only release, PlayStation 4 players can only pick it up from the PS Store. The decision means Russian players are unable to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered at all.
The move mimics Sony’s decision not to sell the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot on the PS Store in Russia. In that particular instance, it appears that the negative depiction of Russian military personnel may have led to the decision.