Some of you may remember the mess between Sony and the Church of England in June. A particular scene in Resistance: Fall of Man featured a photo-realistic representation of Manchester Cathedral in northwest England. There a bloody firefight ensued in which the player slaughtered hordes of of alien scumbags, and the Church was all in a tizzy because they found it disrespectful to use a church for a bloody gun battle at all, but particularly one located in an area with a serious gun problem, as they claim Manchester does.
Sony finally apologized in the Friday edition of The Manchester Evening News after a month or so of playing it tough. In the apology they state that they met with church leaders and acknowledged that the game had caused offense.
“It was never our intention to offend anyone in the making of this game, and we would like to apologize unreservedly to them for causing that offense, and to all parts of the wider community who we might also have offended,” -Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President David A. Reeves
Reeves also promised Manchester Cathedral in particular would never be used in future Sony games.
Sony refused to comment on the Church’s outstanding demands, which included having the game pulled from store shelves, and some dollar bills donated the the Church’s education department, which educates against gun violence in Manchester. However, Sony released a seperate statement.
“We now consider the matter closed, and will not be making any further comment.”
Sounds like that’s all she wrote to me.
While it’s always heartwarming for things like this to be resolved with a sincere apology, like all things that happen around E3 you have to question Sony’s timing. They’re slashing PS3 prices by $100 dollars today, and although they say it’s because they’ve corrected production issues that were driving up their costs, we all know it’s because they can’t move the things. This apology is clearly a disingenuous attempt to expand their potential customer base because they can no longer afford the hard nosed stance of an entertainment superpower. In other words, “What a bunch of jerks.”