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Company of Heroes 2 pulled from shelves in Russia

Company of Heroes 2 pulled from shelves in Russia

Company of Heroes 2 has angered many over its negative portrayal of the Russian army during World War 2.

A distributor has hit the brakes on stocking second world war real time strategy title Company of Heroes 2 in Russia.

Distributor 1C-SoftKlab, received complaints about the depiction of the soviet army in the game and stopped selling the title at the end of July in response. The game's publisher, Sega, is currently investigating the situation and has declared that it is taking the issue seriously.

Company of Heroes 2 has made headlines before due to showing the Russian army in a highly negative light. There is even an online petition that sits around the 17,000 mark to demand the game be removed from Steam.

'Sega and Relic are aware of the press stories circulating concerning Company of Heroes 2 and the historical context of the game from a Russian perspective,' A Sega spokesperson told Videogamer. 'At this time we cannot offer any further comment, however we are taking this issue very seriously and are investigating these concerns thoroughly with all relevant partners.'

Sega inherited this headache through THQ's bankruptcy auction at the beginning of the year where the veteran publisher bought the rights to Company of Heroes and the studio behind the game, Relic Entertainment.

Last month, Sega also initiated proceedings against the now defunct THQ to attempt to collect $941,000 in Steam pre-order money for Company of Heroes 2 that had been paid to THQ, most of which was paid after the company filed for bankruptcy protection.

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Tynecider 6th August 2013, 09:47 Quote
Chuckle, The US media are doing their best to demonize Russia right now, Not really surprised by this.
konstantine 6th August 2013, 10:13 Quote
For reasons that most people don't understand, the US media, press, entertainment (including Jewllywood) just don't like Russians, Ukrainians and Germans. I guess that's not something that's gonna change that easily until the European people of the United States take over their country and kick out those Khazar crypto Yahuds who own and run pretty much everything in that country back to Central Asia where they come from (Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan).
Bede 6th August 2013, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by konstantine
For reasons that most people don't understand, the US media, press, entertainment (including Jewllywood) just don't like Russians, Ukrainians and Germans. I guess that's not something that's gonna change that easily until the European people of the United States take over their country and kick out those Khazar crypto Yahuds who own and run pretty much everything in that country back to Central Asia where they come from (Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan).

What is this retardation? **** off back to whatever institution just let you out on day release.
Speed 6th August 2013, 13:33 Quote
Isn't it fairly historically accurate though? I'm sure they did huge amounts of research and lets be honest, every nation committed some form of war crime during WW2.
Meanmotion 6th August 2013, 14:12 Quote
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Isn't it fairly historically accurate though? I'm sure they did huge amounts of research and lets be honest, every nation committed some form of war crime during WW2.

I think it's more the idea that it's an American made game and that there was no acknowledgement of atrocities by the US in the first game.
rpsgc 6th August 2013, 15:27 Quote
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Company of Heroes 2 has made headlines before due to showing the Russian army in a highly negative light.

So, basically the truth?
John_T 6th August 2013, 18:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Article
The game's publisher, Sega, is currently investigating the situation and has declared that it is taking the issue seriously.

Given that Sega is a Japanese company, and given Japan's record during WWII, I'm sure they will take the depicting of a nation's atrocities seriously. Airbrushed history here we come...
John_T 6th August 2013, 18:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by konstantine
[Yet more nutty, 'Jew-hating' rambling]

Substitute your bile and hatred against Jews for 'blacks', 'gays' or anyone else and I'm pretty sure you'd be banned. Yet you seem to spam every thread you come on against Jews and get away with it. Seems you picked the right group to pick on...
Pinguu 6th August 2013, 21:00 Quote
So for a guy who hasn't played CoH2 yet... what exactly has caused all this offence?
Sheiken 6th August 2013, 21:18 Quote
I don't see why you people try to discourage konstantine from voicing his opinion?

It is the best entertainment available around here!

You can't make this stuff up! (See what I did there...)
Meanmotion 7th August 2013, 10:39 Quote
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So for a guy who hasn't played CoH2 yet... what exactly has caused all this offence?

You play as the Russians but instead of just making it colder and giving you different weapons they decided to depict the Russians as ruthless and mean. Troops are shot for retreating and several missions involve your troops being killed by their own side or left to be killed. All the while the story is told via cutscenes showing your character who has been imprisoned for standing up to these harsh tactics.

It's all based on stuff that actually happened but it's a bit heavy handed and feels particularly awkward given there was no acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by the allied side in the first game. Also, it doesn't half make the game grim and depressing.
impar 7th August 2013, 10:46 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Pinguu
So for a guy who hasn't played CoH2 yet... what exactly has caused all this offence?
Portrays soviet soldiers being send to fight without weapons...
Implements a very harsh Order 227 game model...
Includes several stereotypes...

From what I read.
DeckerdBR 7th August 2013, 13:43 Quote
I think they should pull it from sale just for being ****. I was a huge fan of relic and the original COH so this pile of dog poo is very disappointing.

The story and the themes of COH2 might be historically 'based' but they are clearly not a documentary style re-telling and maybe the tale of caution here is to remember that this is a game and not a history lesson.

Some of the review for COH2 hit the nail on the head when they say that the harsh depiction does little to make you feel for any of the characters in the story, when many consider the Russian army of the time the barely the lesser of the two evils.
Acanuck 7th August 2013, 18:20 Quote
Good article, but the opening title should read "A distributor has hit the brakes."
Meanmotion 7th August 2013, 18:51 Quote
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Good article, but the opening title should read "A distributor has hit the brakes."

Good spot, thanks.
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