Activision has denied that Russia has banned Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 after reports emerged about such a step taken by the country's authorities amidst of a torrent of angst over the way Russia was portrait.
The game publisher issued a statement earlier today saying that "Reports that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been banned in Russia are erroneous." It also highlighted the fact that it only "released a PC version of the game in Russia which went on sale on Tuesday November 10th."
The PC version is already edited and doesn't include the "No Russian" level which has caused so much controversy until now. Activision told Eurogamer that they have decided to edit out the game.
"Other countries have formal ratings boards that we regularly work with. However, Russia does not have a formal ratings entity. As a result, we chose to block the scene after seeking the advice of local counsel."
However, in the UK, the game has already smashed a number of records. MW2 is now the biggest selling games of all time, across all platforms, in the UK with more than 1.7 million copies sold in the first few days.
The delay will almost certainly affect sales of MW2 in Russia for a number of reasons. Firstly, the marketing campaign surrounding MW2 will decrease in Russia over the next few weeks then there's the fact that piracy is still rampant in Russia and MW2 will almost certainly be a hit with Russian pirates.