Sony Computer Entertainment is in hot water with the Church of England because of a popular video game that simulates a shootout in the Manchester Cathedral. Among other concerns, the church is appalled that Sony would “encourage people to have gun battles” in a city known for gun crime.
The firm said it would be contacting the cathedral authorities on Monday “to understand their concerns in more detail.”
But the Church said Sony did not ask for permission to use the cathedral and has demanded an apology and the removal of the game from shop shelves—otherwise it will consider legal action.
The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, described the decision to feature the city’s cathedral as “highly irresponsible”—especially in the light of Manchester’s history of gun crime.