Bono Asked Halt Development On Mercs 2

Those political activist types are up to their old tricks again and have called on U2 singer Bono – who is an investor in Pandemic Studios if you did not know – to halt the development of company’s forthcoming shooter Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. They cite the main reason for taking such action is due to the fact to the game being set in Venezuela and the story being based around players taking on a political tyrant who has taken control of the oil industry. All these criticisms and more have cased that game to be labelled as example of “psychological warfare” by the country’s president, Hugo Chavez.

In an open letter the Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign claims that Pandemic has previously been subcontracted by the US army to make training games, and observes, “The aim of [Mercenaries 2] is full devastation, so any ‘person’ who moves should be ‘shot,’ and all the buildings, such as the headquarters of PDVSA, the Venezuelan public oil company, can be ‘destroyed.’ Our concern is that this game will only deepen an already antagonistic relationship between the US and Venezuelan governments. Millions of Venezuelans fear an invasion from the US; knowing that a company that works for the US military has created a game in which their country is completely destroyed will increase those concerns.

Pandemic co-founder Josh Resnick has replied to and said that Mercenaries 2 is “just a video game“, with a fictional storyline and characters – claiming that none of them are “based on any real political figures“. He conceded that the game’s environment has “the overall look and feel of Venezuela” but said it does not feature “an accurate street-by-street depiction…”It’s common practice in the entertainment business, both movies and video games, to set fictional storylines in real places. This isn’t any different than setting a movie like Goodfellas in New York,” Resnick concluded.