Just like every next player was signing into the Call of Duty beta on PS4, restless and deprived fans in Russia were struggling to get their hands on to the beta. Of course, Activision has confirmed that the Modern Warfare PS4 beta will not be accessible in Russia, making sure that the multiplatform betas won’t be as such affected and that more information is coming soon. Sony has canceled all pre-orders and has removed all editions of the game from its Russian digital storefront. The users who pre-ordered will be receiving automatic refunds in due course.
“Unfortunately Sony Interactive Entertainment is not able to support the Modern Warfare Beta on PS4 in Russia this weekend. Further information will be shared as it’s available. This does not affect our Beta plans on other platforms next weekend,” an Activision rep infield to Charlie Intel. In order to clarify, it sounds like Activision is saying the two subsequent betas will be available in Russia as planned.
Further, it’s being reported that a.rep for PlayStation in Russia relied on concerns from players who were not able to access the beta, unveiling that pre-orders for Call of Duty Modern Warfare were being withdrawn and that the game can no longer be accessed on the PlayStation Store going forward. Allegedly, this was corroborated by a PlayStation PR rep in Russia, who ensured the PS4 beta would not be available in Russia and that pre-orders would be put on a halt for the moment.
When asked for the reasons behind the removal from the PlayStation Store, conjecture is understandably widespread. Theories gravitate around the realism COD: Modern Warfare portrays, alongside very uncomfortable depictions of elements of the Russian military within the game. These may have forced the authorities within the country to impose a ban, although why only on Sony’s platform specifically is unclear.