South Korea bans Ghost Recon 2
South Korea's Media Rating Board has rejected approval of Ubisoft's squad-based shooter Ghost Recon 2 for distribution inside the country. This has forced the publisher to abandon localisation of the title.
The game features commando missions inside North Korea, the plotline of which has been deemed "way too far" by the South Koreans.
A North Korean newspaper had reported on the game's E3 showing by saying "Through propaganda, entertainment and movies, [The USA] have shown everyone their hatred for us. This may be just a game to them now, but a war will not be a game for them later. In war, they will only face miserable defeat and gruesome deaths."
Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, after only a ceasefire was declared and no peace treaty has been signed. Understandable therefore that the subject is so sensitive.
A Ubisoft representative, talking to Gamespot, said "When we developed the story background, we aimed at staying away from key current or specific events while still having a reasonable setting for a conflict."
With the game set in 2007 and 2011 for the PS2 and Xbox respectively, the near-future setting is obviously too close to depicting current events for the Koreans.