Despite widespread reports to the contrary, publisher Activision Blizzard has firmly denied that its recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been banned in Russia thanks to its controversial terrorist level – which, incidentally, is called ‘No Russian’.
Reports that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been banned in Russia are erroneous,” a statement reads. Activision only released a PC version of the game in Russia which went on sale on Tuesday November 10th.”
It turns out that the version of the game released in the territory does not include the infamous level. Activision, however, has told Eurogamer that the decision to edit the game was its own:
Other countries have formal ratings boards that we regularly work with. However, Russia does not have a formal ratings entity. As a result, we chose to block the scene after seeking the advice of local counsel.”