The Church of England says Sony was not granted permission to use the Manchester Cathedral in the game Resistance: Fall of Man and is demanding a large donation and an apology.
The church stated that Sony's actions of using the cathedral from a city stricken by gun crime in a violent video game were irresponsible.
The leaders of the church have decried Sony's action as "desecration" of the cathedral due to the fact that the new Playstation 3 game, "Resistance: Fall of Man," in the sacred place of worship.
The game has sold well over one million copies and is a virtual shoot out between human beings and gun toting aliens. During the cathedral battle scene, hundreds of aliens are killed.
Sony was highly criticized for selected Manchester because in Manchester, gun violence is very high and numerous kids have been killed this year alone. In fact, each year, Manchester Cathedral holds a candlelit memorial service to honor the people killed by guns.
Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester Cathedral stated that it was "beyond belief" that Sony would use the cathedral. He went on further to say that the game undermined the philanthropic work of the church and created an image that the church did not want to be associated with.
Church officials went on to describe Sony's decision as sacrilegious and sick and stated that action would be taken unless Sony accepts their letter of demands.
The Church is demanding that Sony remove the game from all shelves or completely modify the game by cutting out the Cathedral interior. The church also wants a formal public apology for using "realistic photo quality" images of the building without the church's permission. Lastly, the church is demanding a large monetary donation, however the amount was not specified. The church believes that a mutually satisfactory conclusion can be reached.
Sony has issued an apology and has admitted to using the images without the permission of the cathedral. But cathedral clergy say the apology, published in the Manchester Evening News is not enough. The Japanese computer giant also pledged never to use Manchester Cathedral in another computer game.
The cathedralâ€™s lawyers are still â€œin conversationâ€ with lawyerâ€™s at Sony over the Dean of Manchesterâ€™s demand that the game, a PS3 â€œshooterâ€ called Resistance: Fall of Man, be withdrawn. And cathedral clergy are also demanding a response from Sony to their request for a donation to their work with young people and the victims of gun crime.