Seems like things got a little too hot for Electronic Arts.  Heeding the wishes of the  ”friends and families of fallen soldiers,” EA has decided to remove playable Taliban from Medal Of Honor.

The game has been quite the flashpoint of controversy as of late once the media seized upon the notion of the inclusion of the Taliban.  It snow-balled as military leaders from around the western world gave their condemnation, most recently with sales being banned on all US military bases.

In a staement from the Medal of Honor website this morning, MOH executive producer Greg Goodrich explained the decision as a response driven by feedback from friends and family of fallen soldiers:

“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.”

Goodwich continued and stated that the changes will not directly effect gameplay. Here is his full statement:

In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. 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.

Greg Goodrich
Executive Producer
Medal of Honor

This whole ordeal has been quite interesting, but I don’t like the precedent it sets. Video games should stand as a free form of expression, but often freedom is overridden by bad press and potential loss of money.