Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, a not-very-well-kept secret throughout its development, is now out on the PlayStation 4 in most regions. The one notable exception to this is Russia, where it isn't being listed on the PlayStation Store. While neither Sony nor Activision have stated exactly why this is the case, all signs point to the inclusion of Modern Warfare 2's most infamous mission.
Activision announced the matter in Russian via the region's official Call of Duty Twitter account, but it doesn't explain why Sony Russia refuses to sell the remastered single-player campaign.
USgamer reached out to both Sony and Activision with requests for comment. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is a remastered version of the fictional, single player campaign experience originally released in 2009, now fully restored in HD," reads a statement provided to USgamer by Activision. "Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided not to sell Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered on the PlayStation Store in Russia. We are looking forward to releasing Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered digitally in Russia on Xbox One and PC via Battle.net."
Sony did not respond prior to publication—we will update this article if we hear back.
The remastered release developed by Beenox does still include "No Russian," the controversial mission centered on a Moscow airport massacre. Back in 2009 with Modern Warfare 2's launch, Activision didn't include the mission in the Russian version of the game.
Sony Interactive Entertainment also chose not to sell last year's Modern Warfare reboot via the PlayStation Store in Russia. Activision also did not specify why Sony refused to sell that game, though it emphasized that its events are fictional (as with Modern Warfare 2, Russian forces are antagonists in the reboot's story).
Russian players could still buy 2019's Modern Warfare at retail for PS4, but as Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is currently digital-only and a timed exclusive for the PS4, there's no way to purchase it in Russia at the moment.
For those who are more interested in Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer component, Activision and Infinity Ward say that 2019's Modern Warfare will include "more classic map experiences" moving forward. Russian players may be missing out on Modern Warfare 2's campaign, but there's still the reboot and the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone available to scratch the itch.