Activision has issued an apology after insensitive uses of the Muslim holy text, the Quran, were included in a Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies mode map. The images have now been removed from the game.
Following the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, several players noted that the game contained multiple pages of the Quran scattered on the floor of a Zombies map. The pages of the holy text were laid out to allow players to step on them while participating in shootouts. Placing a copy of the Quran on the ground is considered disrespectful, and the scattered pages sparked an outcry, with some even calling for a boycott of the game.
As noted in a tweet from CharlieIntel (below), the publisher has since apologized for including the content on the map and has said that it will seek to address the issue with those responsible for preventing similar situations from happening in the future. “Call of Duty is made for everyone.” Activision says in its statement.
Since the material was discovered, several players have spoken out on social media about the issue, supporting the Muslim community. Following Activision’s statement, game developer Rami Ismail gave his opinion on the matter.
This isn’t the first time in recent years that the franchise has been challenged for cultural insensitivity. In 2019, the BBC reported that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare had suffered a wave of negative criticism on Metacritic. Users claimed that the game was trying to rewrite history and promote anti-Russian propaganda. At the time, Activision stated that the game did not depict real-world events.