Sony Corporation issued an apology today in the Manchester Evening News for its video game, Resistance:Fall of Man, that features a bloody shootout inside the Anglican cathedral, but it did not address the Church of England's demands that the company withdraw the game.
Dr David A Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said: "It is clear to us that the connection between the congregation and the cathedral is a deeply personal and spiritual one.
"As a result, it is also clear that we have offended some of the congregation by using the cathedral in our science fiction game. It was never our intention to offend anyone in the making of this game, and we would like to apologise unreservedly to them for causing that offence, and to all parts of the community who we might also have offended."
Dr Reeves also said the firm would ensure that Manchester Cathedral was not used in any of its games again.