Modern Warfare 2 Map Removed Following Complaints Over Islamic Imagery

Modern Warfare 2 players would have noticed this past weekend that the map ‘Favela’ was missing from the map rotation. It was not a mistake on the server’s side for the map was taken down temporarily by developers Infinity Ward.

The action was taken after the developers received complains from Muslim gamers that certain items found in the map were offensive to their religion. Mainly a frame containing a quote from Mohammed was found hanging above a toilet.

Activision was quick to respond to the plea and took down the map. Favela will be back online once the image has been removed from the game.

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.

[via Kotaku]