Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward’s 3 year old mega-hit game of 2009, is gaining a lot of attention recently. A fan-favorite map “Favela” was removed from all playlists due to a picture frame containing religious concerns against Muslims.
According to Infinity Ward, they are working as quickly and hard as possible to get this fixed, and put the map back in the rotation. ATVI sent Kotaku a comment saying:
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 Favella 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.
Here’s the original video that sparked the controversy: