Northern Ireland Unionists are looking to get Mafia III pulled from sale after being made aware of one of the game missions.
The politicians are offended by the “sick glamorisation of terrorism” or more specifically, the “IRA Don’t Ask” mission. The mission has you steal cars that will then be shipped to Northern Ireland for use in bombings in Belfast.
The mission is initiated by Irish mob boss, Thomas Burke who says that the cars are required to “keep the Belfast law guessing when things go boom”
DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson told The Irish News
The IRA were a terrorist organisation that murdered very many innocent men, women and children in Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK. Whilst this game may seem to be a work of fiction for some, it could be seen as trivialising the suffering of innocent victims and the evil that is represented by all forms of terrorism.
I invite the makers of this game to come to Northern Ireland and meet some of the innocent victims of the IRA and then consider whether the contents are appropriate. I hope they can be persuaded to withdraw the game and think again.
Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister added
When they use the name of an actual terrorist organisation in this fashion they are being even more insensitive as victims were directly impacted by actions such as those portrayed in this game.
This game would appear to treat the IRA in a fashion which is grossly offensive to the many people who suffered as a result of IRA bombs.
This may be viewed as another clever way of earning money by some but it is most insensitive to victims. I would urge all involved in the production of this game to consider how they would feel had they lost a loved one or a limb in a Provisional bombing.
There is no word on whether the UK Government will be looking at the game and its availability.
Developer, Hangar 13 Games starts the game with a brief disclaimer about the content of the game including its offensive moments as being necessary to tell an authentic story. This also means that the game contains racism and other content which may offend some players.
Mafia III is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.