The US military refuses to sell copies of Medal of Honor to its personnel and those affiliated with them in spite of EA changing the multiplayer option of the Taliban to the “Opposing Force.”
Medal of Honor previously had the option to play as a member of the Taliban in multiplayer mode.
However, many were offended by this, and as a result, EA changed the name of the option from Taliban to the “Opposing Force” out of “respect and reverence” for American and Allied soldiers.
The US military offers an Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which provides merchandise and services to 12.3 million active personnel, ex-soldiers and their families.
Last month, it refused to stock the game because of this gameplay option and it still maintains this position.
“Out of respect to those touched by the ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, Exchange will not be carrying this product,” said the US Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Commander Maj Gen Bruce Casella.
“While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, our position is consistent with the direction stated a month ago.
“I expect the military families who are authorised to shop the Exchange are aware, and understanding, of the decision not to carry this particular offering,” said Casella.
Medal of Honor will be released in Europe on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on 15 October.