‘Modern Warfare 2’ remaster will keep controversial mass shooting level

Gamers have several argumentative hills they can choose to die on — some valid, others less so.

One of the most heated arguments in gaming history surrounds a controversial level in the 2009 first-person shooter title “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” — one that will be brought back in a remastered version to be released this week.

In the “No Russian” level, the player — who controls Joseph Allen, an undercover CIA agent — accompanies members of a Russian terrorist group as they gun down civilians in a Russian airport. The player can choose whether to target civilians as the group progresses through the airport, and is given the option beforehand to skip the level entirely.

“It will cost nothing compared to everything you’ll save,” Lt. Gen. Shepherd explains to Allen before the mission.

The mission was a subject of much debate 11 years ago when it first came out; it was censored in international versions of the game, and completely removed in the Russian version of the title. Thousands of mass shootings later — including nation-shaking incidents in Las Vegas, Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Conn. — it will likely spark a similar backlash.

Video of the remastered “No Russian” level leaked on YouTube on Tuesday.

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