The newest title in the Medal of Honor franchise has received a lot of flak based on the fact that the terrorists are called the Taliban. This name shouldn’t come as a shock since the Taliban, in real-life, are one of the most well-known terrorist groups in the world. Greg Goodrich, executive producer for the title, stated that the Taliban have been removed from the multiplayer gameplay. This decision will not impact the single-player at all and will only change the name of the opposing forces.
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.
In my opinion, this is a great decision in light of the negative responses that have occurred with the Burn the Koran Day. We don’t need anymore conflict in the world and if we have a chance to stop at least one argument, then it is the right decision. The single-player, as stated before, will have no changes to the campaign. The game is due out on October 12 on the PC, PS3 & Xbox 360.