The headlines continue to be dominated by Modern Warfare 2 in today’s news roundup. We hear about the latest country to decide the Call of Duty sequel is too offensive for mainstream release – in its current form anyway. We bring news of Activison’s plans to start charging MW2 customers for additional online content downloads. And lastly, in a piece of news which actually isn’t MW2 related, we hear from British director W.S. Anderson and his plans to get started on Metal Gear Solid the film…
Modern Warfare 2 Banned in Russia
To those of us who’ve spent the last week or so cackling sadistically behind our computer screens as we mow down scores of unarmed Russian civilians in an airport terminal, it might come as no surprise to learn that Modern Warfare 2 has now been banned across the whole of Russia. But for anyone who has somehow missed the furious debate which has been raging across radio, television, and the internet regarding some of the content featured in Activion’s Call of Duty sequel, let me enlighten you…
Most of the controversy hinges upon one Modern Warfare 2 mission in particular. Titled ‘No Russian’, the level sees the player assuming the role of an undercover terrorist and taking part in a massacre at a Russian airport. Entering a packed terminal building with long lines of passengers queuing at the check in desks, the player – along with three fellow terrorists armed with assault rifles – must open fire and massacre as many civilians as possible.
Unsurprisingly, the Russian authorities have deemed the game offensive to the entire country of Russia and begun a nation wide recall. Many Russian gamers have even taken to venting their frustration via forums and attacked the game for blatantly catering to an American audience and demonizing Russians as ‘baby eating terrorists’. However, with the entire media entranced by Modern Warfare 2 and the sequel gaining more publicity than the MP’s expenses scandal, Activision bosses will probably be delighted… [TalkXbox]
Activision to Monetize COD Online
In more Modern Warfare 2 news, it appears that developers are going to begin charging customers for additional COD online content. This means that along with paying for their XBOX Live Subscriptions, Xbox 360 owners are going to have to cough up even more money as Activision start rolling out various ‘monetization business models’. You might have thought that with Modern Warfare 2 being dubbed as one of the most successful games ever, there would be no need for Activision to start milking their customers so ruthlessly.
However, according to IGN, CFO Thomas Tippl stated that this had nothing to do with Activision being greedy, they were simply responding to the demands of customers who, apparently, actually want to pay for online content. "Our gamers are telling us there's lots of services and innovation they would like to see that they're not getting yet. From what we see so far, additional content, as well as all the services Blizzard is offering, is that there is demand from the core gamers to pay up for that". [IGN]
Paul W.S. Anderson Interested in Metal Gear Film
Although he’s already butchered Resident Evil and is apparently working on yet another sequel (oh, dear), Paul W.S. Anderson is making noises about a possible Metal Gear Solid film adaptation. Despite the fact that the British director – whose career is already strewn with awful, disastrous game-to-film adaptations like Mortal Kombat – is currently struggling to get his Castlevania film adaptation off the ground, it is likely that Metal Gear will be his next big project.
But, with many fans of the franchise arguing that Metal Gear Solid the film could never work given the mind boggling complexity of its storyline, Anderson would need to do some serious dumbing-down to make the film palatable for a mainstream audience. Given that many of the director’s adaptations have already upset their inherent fan bases - with many condemning his films as having nothing in common with their source material– he would be wise to tread carefully. [1up]