Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games recently came under fire when players discovered pages of the Muslim holy text, the Quran, scattered on the floors of a Zombies map in Call of Duty: Vanguard. The topic gained enough steam online to cause massive backlash from the community. Now, Activision has apologized and removed the ‘insensitive’ imagery from the game.
The Quran is considered extremely sacred scripture in Islam, and the way the pages were scattered on the floor in Call of Duty: Vanguard, allowed players to walk over them – which is considered quite a disrespectful act. The Muslim community were quick to voice their concerns over the inclusion of the Quran’s pages being treated in such a way in-game. Activision has since removed them, and issued a statement in apology.
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Activision’s statement reads:
“Call of Duty is made for everyone. There was insensitive content to the Muslim community mistakenly included last week, and has since been removed from the game. It should never have appeared as it did in-game. We deeply apologize. We are taking immediate steps internally to address the situation to prevent such occurrences in the future.”
Since the issue came to light, the Muslim community has received plenty of support from players across the world. Game developer Rami Ismail also gave his thoughts on the topic, stating “It’s good to see an apology for the absolutely unnecessary and needless inclusion of Quran texts that people can walk over.”
Call of Duty: Vanguard is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. The latest update for the game patches out any of the above-mentioned content, and the company has promised to address this slip-up further in order to prevent similar issues from happening again in their games.