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EA ditches playable Taliban in Medal of Honor

Opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer renamed Opposing Force

EA has decided to drop the Taliban name from Medal of Honor in the face of political pressure and requests from the friends and families of fallen soldiers.

The in-game enemy previously known as Taliban will now be called the Opposing Force.

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Executive producer Greg Goodrich didn't mention political pressure in his official explanation, instead suggesting it was done solely out of respect for the relatives of soldiers killed in action.

"In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor," he said in a statement.

"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."

Goodrich recently told us that the backlash over the inclusion of the Taliban has had a negative effect on the Medal of Honor team.

[ SOURCE: Medal of Honor ]

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