An Activision spokesperson said: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a fictional game that has been thoughtfully created to entertain fans and tell a compelling narrative. Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to sell Modern Warfare on the PlayStation Store in Russia at this time.
VGC has contacted Sony for comment.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was pulled from sale in mid-September, according to Russian website DTF, although Activision declined to comment at the time.
DTF said the game had yet to be made available for pre-order at Russian retailers, suggesting a digital only release was being planned.
According to the site, rumours the shooter wouldn’t be released in Russia had been circulating for some time, following both its absence from Russian retail and local media criticism of the game’s positive depiction of the Syria Civil Defence volunteer rescue organisation in its reveal trailer.
The humanitarian organisation, also known as the White Helmets, provides medical evacuation in rebel-controlled Syria, and has reportedly been the target of a Russian-backed disinformation campaign positioning it as an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organisation.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare street date has been broken in the US ahead of the game’s official release this Friday, October 25. The title’s available to pre-order from Battle.net, Amazon, Best Buy, ShopTo and Game, among other retailers.
Modern Warfare PS4 bundles including 500GB and 1TB PS4 consoles are available in selected countries outside of the US and Canada too.