Abu Sayyaf villains in upcoming EA video game

Posted at 06/25/2012 7:23 PM | Updated as of 06/26/2012 12:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – In a first-person shooter video game set to be published by Electronic Arts in October, players are required to rescue hostages from an Abu Sayyaf stronghold in Basilan, Philippines.

A trailer released by EA for “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” showed the Philippines among the “global terror” spots, putting it alongside Yemen, Bosnia, Somalia and Pakistan.

The Abu Sayyaf gained notoriety for kidnapping tourists in the southern islands of the Philippines. It is linked to Al-Qaeda, a global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden.

“Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” which will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox, Nintendo Wii U and personal computers on October 23, lets players choose from Tier-1 special forces units from 10 countries such as the Navy SEALs in the United States, Joint Task Force 2 in Canada and Kommando Spezialkrafte in Germany.

The game is a direct sequel to the 2010 series reboot titled “Medal of Honor.”

Aside from infiltrating the Abu Sayyaf stronghold, “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” also requires players to assault a pirate town run by Somali militant group Al-Sabaab.

Just last week, a Jordanian journalist went missing in Sulu and is believed to be taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group.

However, a local official believes that the journalist has connections with the Abu Sayyaf, adding that he may be carrying funds for the terrorist group.

Below is the trailer of EA’s upcoming game, “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”