Sony unmoving despite cathedral controversy

06-07-2007

Sony unmoving despite cathedral controversy
Sony has refused to withdraw its controversial Resistance: Fall of Man game from the shelves.

A spokesperson confirmed that, despite apologising earlier today for including the interior of Manchester Cathedral in one of the violent shoot-em-up scenes, there were no plans to remove the product from sale.

The game, for Sony's PlayStation 3 console, involves shooting aliens in an alternative post-second-world-war scenario.

It attracted attention when the Church of England objected to the inclusion of Manchester Cathedral without permission, forcing an earlier apology from Sony.

This morning's Manchester Evening News featured another apology from Sony Computer Entertainment president David Reeves, in which he acknowledged the "deeply personal and spiritual" connection between the "congregation and the cathedral".

"It was never our intention to offend anyone in the making of this game, and we would like to apologise unreservedly to them for causing that offence, and to all parts of the wider community who we might also have offended," Dr Reeves wrote.

"Furthermore, we will ensure that Manchester Cathedral is never used as a setting in any future Sony Computer Entertainment video game."

A spokesperson said Sony wished to keep its "conversations with Manchester Cathedral private" but confirmed Resistance: Fall of Man would continue to be available – with scenes in the cathedral intact – in the shops.


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