2K Games’ Dubai Based Spec Ops: The Line Could Get Banned
Military shooter’s portrayal of a destroyed Dubai has the local officials itching.
Recently, 2K Games had announced a military “narrative-driven” third person shooter called Spec Ops: The Line that basis itself in a ruined Dubai that was hit by a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. While the general population of the financially hit emirate were excited about the prospect of venting out their frustrations of finally having a game based on the place they have come to…love..ahem, it seems they may not be able to play the game the official way. Because the game could quite well get banned.
According to the local newspaper The National the post-apocalyptic setting of the emirate may not go down well with the government and has the officials pondering over a ban:
Government officials at the National Media Council (NMC) said they had not been informed that 2K Games was developing a game based in Dubai.
“We will have to review the game first before issuing any decision on whether to ban it or allow it,” said Mohammed al Mutawa, a video games censor at the NMC.
Before a video game is released in the UAE, the NMC assesses whether it conforms with local laws and notifies authorities if it does not, said Juma Obaid Alleem, the director of media content at the council.
“If it becomes an international matter, various avenues are taken through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow this up.”
Spec Ops producer Greg Kasavin and the development team are taking great measures to not step on any political or religious toes. “The game uses the location purely as a location,” Kasavin said. “It’s not meant to convey any kind of message … I would hope that people judge it on its on its merits.”
Kasavin emphasized that the enemies players will fight through the ruined city will not have any clear political or religious beliefs. For the most part, players will be fighting against rogue US army forces, local bandits and scavengers that survived the destructive sandstorms. He also assured that none of the fight takes place in a mosque.