SEGA to Russians: We ‘Regret Any Offense’ Over Company of Heroes 2

UPDATE: We contacted 1C to see if they could provide clarification on this, but they declined to comment on the matter.


Two days after the sale of Company of Heroes 2 was put on hold in Russia, SEGA and Relic Entertainment have issued a joint statement  in an attempt to quell the anger stemming from the game’s seemingly controversial content.

“SEGA and Relic are working closely with their Russian distribution partner Softclub 1C over claims concerning Company of Heroes 2 and the historical context of the game from a Russian perspective.  Whilst investigations in to these concerns are ongoing we would like to express our regret at any offence caused to those affected by these claims.”

As we reported on Monday, Company of Heroes 2 publisher SEGA partnered with 1C Publishing to distribute the RTS title in the Russian Federation and CIS. After a public outcry regarding the portrayal of Russian soldiers in the well-received PC title, 1C decided to pull the game, as they “…[analyze] the situation and inform the developer and publisher of Company of Heroes 2.”

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12 Comments on SEGA to Russians: We ‘Regret Any Offense’ Over Company of Heroes 2

Patches

On August 8, 2013 at 4:30 am

Almost make me want to buy the game, just to see if the complaints are genuine, or Russians are just crybabies that didn’t acknowledged that both sides committed atrocities during the war, not just the Germans…

Make me remember when China complain about C&C General because it gave a ‘bad picture’ of their country, even if they won the war in the campaign mode!…
Probably just because, in skirmishes/multiplayers, their generals where psychos and their best general was a women (a bit full of herself, to say the least)…

jack

On August 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

basically it shows the truth and horrors of war. its like if there was a game about auschwitz, Germany would do the exact same thing.

Slava

On August 9, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’m Russian. My grandfather went through the war, from the first day to the last. Thrice burned in the tank. My country has lost in the Second World War 27 million people, two thirds of whom were civilians: old men, women and children. Me and all my friends are outraged by the content of this “game.” It’s a lie, a blatant and irresponsible. It is a dance on the bones of our ancestors and relatives. It is unfortunate that your morality can mock the senses and memory of other nations.

PS
I’m sorry, I find it difficult to write in a foreign language for me.

Ivan Ivanov

On August 9, 2013 at 8:52 am

>both sides committed atrocities during the war
Yet the German atrocities are barely shown, while the Soviets commit them pretty much non-stop, usually for no apparent reason. Relic should have called this game “Company of War Criminals”. Even worse, many atrocitites shown were never actually committed — looks like the devs learned their history from some primitive anti-soviet propaganda, with no fact-checking whatsoever.
No other CoH made such an emphasis on mistakes and atrocities, so it’s hardly fair to the largest contributor to Allied victory.

>Make me remember when China complain about C&C General
It’s different. Actually, nobody in Russia was offended by Red Alert, quite the opposite.

YuriChetverikov

On August 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

> basically it shows the truth and horrors of war.
> its like if there was a game about auschwitz, Germany would do the exact same thing.

oh cmon.
check any public source.

Konstantin

On August 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

I live in Russia, and know very well the history of his country, and I was just shocked by the plot Company of Heroes-2. I just can not imagine where you could find such data on the Soviet armies. My great-grandfather was killed defending his homeland, and this game tells me that my great-great-grandfather was a coward, and even may have been killed by his own soldiers. Wildness easy. Here’s a translation of Russian WWII veteran:
WWII veterans commented on the story of computer game «Company of Heroes-2″
Among those who are unhappy with the storyline, were not only bloggers and gamers, but also directly involved in the events referred to in the «Company of Heroes-2″. Veteran of World War II, a member of the Battle of Moscow and the Battle of Kursk-Orel Karnaukhov Ivan commented on this scandal:
- From any machine guns, which are supposed to beat us in the back, we did not run. We fought for their country. If you take me, in 1933, three members of my family have died of starvation, but in spite of that, I went to the front as a volunteer, I was a paramedic battle for Moscow, which, according to some, the Soviet troops defended only because they threatened with guns. This is not true. Then he was involved in the Kursk-Orel arc – there was one of the most heated battles of the Great Patriotic War. Tanks broke out like candles! And no I never drove. After the initial injury, I was sent to the rear for training in flight school. I sat in the train, rode a couple of stops and I thought – I’ll be there to learn and a half to two years, and the war would end by this time. Then I got out and sat down on a passing train, rode to the headquarters of the army, and said there, I want to fight on the front lines. They shook hands with me and said that such people we need. And guys like me, then it most. Of course, briefs existed in all times and in all armies were. But that does not mean you have to treat our country as insulting as it is done by the developers of these games. We can not be so dishonor.
http://samarskieizvestia.ru/document/16523/
Ps: I wrote a Google translator, sorry if there are errors

SupremeAllah

On August 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Maybe they should show some of the Allied atrocities as well.

Maybe the next modern warfare style game will have you accidently bomb a wedding.

Or blow up a little girl and her cow with an airstrike.

Konstantin_1

On August 10, 2013 at 4:22 am

I live in Russia, and know very well the history of his country, and I was just shocked by the plot Company of Heroes-2. I just can not imagine where you could find such data on the Soviet armies. My great-grandfather was killed defending his homeland, and this game tells me that my great-great-grandfather was a coward, and even may have been killed by his own soldiers. Wildness easy. Here’s a translation of Russian WWII veteran:
WWII veterans commented on the story of computer game «Company of Heroes-2″
Among those who are unhappy with the storyline, were not only bloggers and gamers, but also directly involved in the events referred to in the «Company of Heroes-2″. Veteran of World War II, a member of the Battle of Moscow and the Battle of Kursk-Orel Karnaukhov Ivan commented on this scandal:
- From any machine guns, which are supposed to beat us in the back, we did not run. We fought for their country. If you take me, in 1933, three members of my family have died of starvation, but in spite of that, I went to the front as a volunteer, I was a paramedic battle for Moscow, which, according to some, the Soviet troops defended only because they threatened with guns. This is not true. Then he was involved in the Kursk-Orel arc – there was one of the most heated battles of the Great Patriotic War. Tanks broke out like candles! And no I never drove. After the initial injury, I was sent to the rear for training in flight school. I sat in the train, rode a couple of stops and I thought – I’ll be there to learn and a half to two years, and the war would end by this time. Then I got out and sat down on a passing train, rode to the headquarters of the army, and said there, I want to fight on the front lines. They shook hands with me and said that such people we need. And guys like me, then it most. Of course, briefs existed in all times and in all armies were. But that does not mean you have to treat our country as insulting as it is done by the developers of these games. We can not be so dishonor.
http://samarskieizvestia.ru/document/16523/
Ps: I wrote a Google translator, sorry if there are errors.

Alexandr

On August 12, 2013 at 5:11 am

In the two bus stops away from my house there is a mass grave in which are buried about 25 000 people (residents – the elderly, women and children) who were shot during the first week of the Nazi occupation in my city of Chernihiv. If you are placing it in the Kiev Museum of the Great Patriotic War, you can see the female leather gloves are made of children skin. The lampshade of human skin. Soap and fertilizer created from people. Both my grandfather volunteered for the army at 16 and 17 years that would protect their homeland from these bastards. For the creators of these games have to meet before the Nuremberg Tribunal.

Jimmy

On October 28, 2013 at 5:52 am

It is not about “angry Russians angry at being portrayed badly”, it is about actual Historical accuracy.. Any Russian would be equally angry if they see, say, German soldiers burning and torching their own civilians, because it is simply bollocks. If this game just featured no war crimes at all and simply a military perspective, rather than political bull, like they did with all the previous Company of Heroes games which were perfect in my eyes, then yes, it’d be bloody well better, in fact it’d be amazing. You have to be suious at the fact that this series has involved all the big sides of WWII and yet Russians are the only ones committing atrocities out of all their series.

Jimmy

On October 28, 2013 at 5:54 am

suious*
Sorry

Pickle

On February 17, 2014 at 5:10 am

To the commentator down there.

Showing the real crimes like Katyn massacre or soviet intelligence repressions is one thing, but showing soviet soldiers burning their own people is completely another thing. The second point is that “Soviet Heroes” are portrayed like cowards and idiots. Judging by SEGA’s and Relic’s opinion they didn’t want to protect their land or at least revenge for their dead families, kids, parents – no, they were fighting only because of gun, that was put to their heads. The third point is that sometimes they try to show Germans as a casualties of soviet aggression, of course burning people alive in German camps doesn’t count.
What would Americans say about Chinese game, where US soldiers, fighting terrorists are shown as cruel animals and Taliban fanatics are shown as a true heroes, saving us from the US tyranny?
And it would be okay if they showed a real soviet crimes. They say than every WW2 country committed crimes, but at the same time previous Company of Heroes is all about heroes, and sending 10000 young soldiers at Normandy to instant death wasn’t mentioned (Sending ships right to the German artillery at Omaha Beach, while there were two more landing places without Germans, was a genious decision) Don’t understand me wrong, I don’t hate US, but I don’t like the way they act about it.
Even Call of Duty and Battlefield, Operation Flashpoint and ArmA, World in Conflict and WarGame didn’t give me any negative emotions about Evil Russian Ivans, because it was a fictional universe and wasn’t portrayed as “events that took place in a real world”. I don’t want to say that I’m completely right, but I hope that you understand how do Russians feel, or at least you won’t judge them for that (After Hiroshima you shouldn’t actually do this anyway)