EA Removes Taliban from Medal of Honor Multiplayer

October 1, 2010Written by Adam G

You may remember a couple of weeks ago, families of soldiers and various politicians being involved in an uproar over the “insensitivity” of allowing players to play as the Taliban in Medal of Honor‘s multiplayer mode. Well, EA has buckled under the pressure and have decided to rename the Taliban to “Opposing Forces”…

In a blog post on the official Medal of Honor site, executive producer Greg Goodrich explained the change.

“In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. 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.

“To all who serve – we appreciate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for granted. And to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently serving overseas, stay safe and come home soon.”

Perhaps now, GameStop outlets on military bases will start selling the game when it is released on October 12th.