The Taliban will no longer features in EA's upcoming console and PC shooter Medal of Honor.
The game had received lots of media attention thanks to its inclusion of the Taliban as a playable faction in its multiplayer mode. It had seemed that EA had successfully rode the choppy waters and emerged unscathed on the other side.
However, speaking on the Medal of Honor blog executive producer Greg Goodrich has confirmed that that Taliban have been renamed ‘Opposing Force' in the game.
In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor,” he stated. We've received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative.
However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about.
Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.
While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice - this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.”