The Call of Duty series isn’t new to being the focus of media controversy, we’ve seen it more than once since the game has risen to prominence. Well it seems Activision has caught people’s eye for the wrong reasons again, with Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer map ‘Favela’ being removed after Muslim players complained of offensive religious imagery within the map.
Activision announced that the map was taken out of rotation after the publisher received complaints of holy Islamic text featured on the map. The text in question was a quote attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and was shown on two paintings hung in a bathroom.
Activision said to Kotaku, “We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.
“We are urgently working to release a Title Update to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 3. We are also working to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 2 through a separate Title Update. Until the TU is ready, we have removed the Favela multiplayer map from online rotation.
“Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention.”
With Call of Duty: Black Ops II coming out next month, Activision will be hoping no other controversies like the ones Modern Warfare 2 saw rear their heads post launch. Let us know what you think, drop us a comment in the section or check out our Facebook Page.