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Sony issues statement over Church row

In case you slept right through the weekend, the Church of England has threatened legal action against Sony after it used Manchester Cathedral as the backdrop to Resistance: Fall of Man.

Sony has now released the following statement:

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is aware of the concerns expressed by the Bishop of Manchester and the Cathedral authorities about the use of Manchester Cathedral in the game Resistance: Fall of Man, and we naturally take their concerns very seriously.

Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantasy science fiction game and is not based on reality. The game is set in an alternate and mythical version of Europe in the 1950s, in which the enemy are strange looking alien invaders seeking to destroy humanity.

Whilst we believe that we have sought and received all permissions necessary for the creation of the game, we will be contacting the Cathedral authorities in order to better understand their concerns in more detail.

Above: Obvious anti-religious iconography is prevalent throughout Resistance

You can read the original story that broke on Saturday morninghereorjoin the debate on theforums. If you'd rather see what all the fuss is about for yourself, check out thisvideo.

June 11, 2007