Russian Authorities have stated that they assist in funding the development of what they call “patriotic” games. However any games that are viewed to ‘distort’ history could be banned in the country.
Arseny Mironov, an aide to Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, stated “The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events.” He then added, “A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education,” He confirmed that a “negative image of the Russian warrior” in games was said to be unacceptable.
The comments were published in Russian daily newspaper Izvestiya and then reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Medinsky’s Russian Military History Society is taking responsibility of the new program. The first title the team are looking to develop will be based on Russian military aviation during World War I.
The report states that the Russian government is in serious negotiation with “several” Russian developers to help with the project. Government grants for “patriotic” are also planned, the report mentioned.
The Russian culture ministry has stated that there are growing concerns regarding the content of some foreign games, which are said to “distort historic facts” and “discredit the Russian soldier.” Adding that “such games could be banned in the country”.
An example provided was the 2013 WW2 strategy title Company of Heroes 2. The game was banned in Russia after concerns it depicted a “Russian WWII soldier as a criminal who burns down civilians’ houses.”