Company of Heroes 2 pushed back from Russian sales front

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The Russian distributor for Company of Heroes 2 has stopped selling the game. Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy sequel set in the World War II Eastern Front has drawn criticism from Russian players for perpetuating stereotypes of Red Army cruelty and incompetence. Polygon notes that 1C-SoftClub has ceased all sales of the game and is analyzing the complaints. The game’s publisher Sega responded by issuing this statement:

“Sega and Relic are aware of the press stories circulating concerning Company of Heroes 2 and the historical context of the game from a Russian perspective. At this time we cannot offer any further comment, however we are taking this issue very seriously and are investigating these concerns thoroughly with all relevant partners.”

The objections to Company of Heroes 2 center on the exaggerated depiction of brutal Red Army generals, the negative portrayal of the soldiers, and “Hollywood” myths that discredit Russian and former-Soviet countrys’ national heroes. Relic has stated that while the game is based on historical research, they had to “choose specific battles and incidences to deliver the breadth of the narrative.”

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