The furore surrounding the Taliban’s inclusion in the multiplayer of 2010’s Medal of Honor reboot nearly caused the executive producer on the project to quit, it has been revealed.
During 2010, politicians, media outlets, NATO soldiers and their families put pressure on publisher EA to omit the faction from the game, whilst others called for an all out ban on the title.
The controversy eventually ended when EA relented and developer Danger Close changed the playable Taliban faction’s name to ‘Opposing Force’.
In an interview with Games Master, executive producer on the title Greg Goodrich claimed he had twice written a letter of resignation and had sleepless nights over the matter.
"Having to deal with the secrecy of these communities, keeping their reputations intact and holding their livelihoods in the palm of my hand – not even having earned the right to yet… then having that break out,” he said.
"There were a lot of things going on. There were two specific incidents when I decided I just couldn’t do it… Everything that these guys have built and lived for over the last 15-20 years of their careers is now in my hands.
“I took that very seriously and had a lot of sleepless nights and did a lot of staring at my ceiling thinking ‘what have I gotten myself into?”
Despite the anger surrounding the 2010 release, Goodrich is still with the developer and is currently working on a sequel to the title, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.