Activision pulls Modern Warfare’s Favela map after complaints
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series publisher, Activision today confirmed the pulling of the game’s multiplayer map, Favela, after an unknown number of Muslim gamers complained about the discovery of Islamic script decorating a picture frame in one of the level’s bathrooms. It is against Islamic laws to have holy writings written on or in any bathroom.
The map has now been taken offline and will not be reinstated until a title update has been released for the game.
An Activision spokesperson commented:
We apologise 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 this 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.
There is currently no eta on the arrival of the title update.