As EA launches the public beta for Medal of Honor, both EA and Danger Close decide to rename the opposing force out of respect for US soldiers, their families and friends.
Friday Medal of Honor Executive Producer Greg Goodrich said that both EA and developer Danger Close have decided to rename the opposing team in the multiplayer portion of the game, converting the controversial "Taliban" into "Opposing Force." Both parties claim that this was done out of respect for U.S. soldiers and their families.
According to Goodrich, the team has received "overwhelmingly" positive feedback from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. However they have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers that have expressed their concern regarding the Taliban's part in the game.
"This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team," he said. "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."
He also added that the change will not directly affect gamers. "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," he added.
As previously reported, the multiplayer open beta for Medal of Honor on PC has begun and will end on October 7 @ 11:59 PDT. The recommended system requirements are as follows:
- Operating System: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7
- Processor: Quad Core 2.0 GHz
- Memory: 2 GB RAM+
- GPU: 512 MB of VRAM with Nvidia GeForce GTX260 or ATI Radeon 4870
- HDD Space: 2 GB
- Sound: DirectX 10 compatible
- DirectX: DirectX 10
- Disc Drive: 16X CD/DVD Drive