Sony's sales are going to get hit hard by this, and the whole goats carcus is going to resurrect itself in the media too. <-Fanboyish laughter>LS
The story is that they actually went to Manchester Cathedral and mapped a exact replica of the church by using photographs, without permission. The church in question is clearly Manchester Cathedral, as the stage in question is set in Manchester also. Some will say the was done with a lack of forsight in order to gain realism without any application of sensitivity about using a place of worship that is used currently by the public for a backdrop for killing.
That reminds me, Hellgate: London may well be under scrutiny also for similar reasons, but that has not been released yet and could well have such religious sites such as St Pauls cathedral removed in time for release.
The church in question and christian groups over the country are very unhappy about it's inclusion even though they are aware that the game does not feature the killing of humans but aliens instead.
SCE have agreed to meet with the priest of the church and the patrons to discuss the matter, but the church have come out and said that they only see one solution, that being that the game, that has already sold a million copies here in the U.K, is removed from shelves.
This controversy will no doubt resurrect that of their other gaff which took place at the God Of War 2 event which they held in Greece recently for the launch of the game in europe. In that, a carcus of a goat was used a decoration mimicing a ritual sacrifice of ancient pagan worship to horrorfied guests, who were asked to eat meat that was served in buffet form in close proximity to the carcus. This meat was not of the dead animal in question. LS
( Edited on 12.06.2007 19:57 by Linkyshinks )