Sony Vs. Church: Another Apology Issued
Hopefully, this is the end of the ordeal for Sony.
As most of you know, the Church of England got all up in arms over that level in Resistance: Fall of Man where you're blasting away baddies in a church. The Cathedral was an accurate enough depiction to tick off the clergy, and the Church asked Sony to apologize and either stop selling the game or remove the offensive material.
Sony apologized once already, but they've made it even more official with a letter sent to the Manchester Evening News. The letter is as follows:
"It is clear to us that the connection between the congregation and the cathedral is a deeply personal and spiritual one,” said David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
"As a result, it is also clear that we have offended some of the congregation by using the cathedral in our science fiction game. It was never our intention to offend anyone in the making of this game, and we would like to apologise unreservedly to them for causing that offence, and to all parts of the community who we might also have offended."
They did not, however, reach an agreement regarding the continued sale of the game in the UK, nor are there any plans to edit Resistance. Furthermore, Reeves has said Sony would certainly not make this mistake again, but the Dean of the Cathedral is still concerned.
"We still fear that the next buildings to be cloned for virtual desecration could be a mosque, synagogue, temple or other church," said the Reverend Govender in a statement.
Well, at least Sony is doing the right thing from a politically correct - and business - standpoint. The apology is there, so maybe this is the end of it. We'll keep you updated, especially if Sony actually moves to edit the game (which we doubt will happen).
Related Game(s): Resistance: Fall of Man
7/6/2007 Ben Dutka