Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is in the midst of its PS4 multiplayer beta, giving many fans their first chance at experiencing the upcoming game's multiplayer component. Unfortunately for PS4 owners in Russia, however, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer beta is unavailable, and it seems that pre-orders through the PlayStation Store are being canceled as well.
Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's multiplayer beta will be unavailable on PS4 in Russia, but it has not commented on the reports that pre-orders on the PlayStation Store are being canceled. In a statement, Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta will be available for PC and Xbox One owners next weekend as planned. No reason for why the beta is unavailable on PS4 in Russia has been given at the time of this writing.
While no official reason has been given as to why Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's PS4 multiplayer beta has been pulled in Russia, the general consensus is that it has something to do with the Russian government. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare deals with fictional conflicts that mirror real-world ones, and it is potentially critical of Russia. Some reports have indicated that the Russian government is upset with how the game portrays the White Helmets volunteer group (which operates primarily in Syria and Turkey) in a favorable light.
Those reports haven't been confirmed at the time of this writing, but it should be noted that this wouldn't be the first time that the Call of Duty franchise has found itself at odds with Russia. As some may recall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's console versions were banned in Russia, and the PC version of the game was edited. The Russian government took issue with the infamous No Russian mission, which had players commit a mass shooting in an airport on unarmed Russian civilians. Since Russia has banned Call of Duty games in the past, it stands to reason that it may consider doing so again when it comes to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
However, if Russia is planning on restricting sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in the region, then it's a bit strange that the multiplayer beta for the PC and Xbox One versions of Modern Warfare are still planned to take place next weekend. Until Activision releases an official statement, fans can only speculate as to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's status in Russia.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.