Sony Publicly Apologizes For Resistance Snafu

By Chris Faylor, Jul 06, 2007 11:47am PDT Following the Church of England's public uproar over a virtual location in Insomniac Games' PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man and console manufacturer Sony's private apology, the company has taken out a full-page ad in the Manchester Evening News to publicly apologize.

"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 community who might also have been offended," wrote Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president David Reeves, according to

The controversy stemmed from developer Insomniac's use of Manchester Cathedral as the inspiration for a portion of a level in the violent first-person shooter, which is set in 1952 and depicts humanity's defense of Britain against the seemingly alien Chimera. The Church of England alleged that Insomniac and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment failed to secure the proper permissions to virtually recreate the cathedral, and in light of what Manchester bishop Nigel McCulloch described as the community's well known gun problem, demanded Sony support anti-violence campaigns as well as the cathedral's educational department, in addition to apologizing and modifying the offending in-game assets.

"It is clear to us that the connection between the congregation and the cathedral is a deeply personal and spiritual one," Reeves noted. "As a result, it is also clear that we have offended some of the congregation by using the cathedral in our science fiction game."

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  • How many apologies are going to be required for HellGate when that comes out!
    "You showed our newspaper stand with demons near it!" and "You cant have Beelzeebub appearing near Buckingham Palace".
    What a load of utter crap.
    The only people offended by the game are the people that think the recent floods are a punishment from God for accepting gheylords in society. Never mind that their church actively protects paedophiles from prosecution under the guise of Papal infallibility.
    Oversensitive, hypocritical self righteous twats.

    Better ease off on the coffee.......ahem.