In response to criticism from families of soldiers and the ban from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, EA has changed the name of the Taliban in Medal of Honor's multiplayer to the "Opposing Force".
In a post on the Medal of Honor website, Executive Producer Greg Goodrich said they have received feedback on Medal of Honor's multiplayer from not only fans, servicemen and friends and family of people in the military, but also friends and families of soldiers killed in action.
This feedback "expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game", Goodrich wrote. "This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force."
Goodrich also notes that this won't change Medal of Honor's multiplayer gameplay. He also says that one of the goals of Medal of Honor is to respect the soldiers. "We are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service."
GamePro contacted EA for further comment and is awaiting a response. We also contacted the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to see if this move would change their decision to keep Medal of Honor out of on-base GameStops and are awaiting a response.