World War 2 is known for a lot of things. The birth of the nuclear weapon, one of the more well-known genocides in history, and the perversion of the Hindu Swastika into a symbol of tyranny and fascism. A Call of Duty: WW2 dev has recently come into conflict because of the Swastika.
Due to the Nazi Swastika being a criminal symbol in Germany (possessing any sort of Nazi paraphernalia or publicly displaying the Swastika for anything other than historical purposes is illegal), all of the swastikas in the game’s Nazi Zombies mode had to be turned into Iron Crosses, another recognizably German symbol that’s less well-known than the swastika is.
Considering that they’re already Nazi Zombies you would think that some people would be happy with it. However, Call of Duty: WW2 dev and Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey took to Twitter to criticize a gamer that apparently thinks that the Iron Cross isn’t a relevant enough symbol to the Third Reich to satisfy his needs, along with bringing up that previous Call of Duty zombies modes also had the swastika.
Condrey’s response (that the gamer in question wanted to identify more with mass murderers) caught fire and started a short-lived Twitter firestorm, even though the gamer was asking for it more as a historical standpoint (especially since you are killing, you know, undead zombie Nazis.)
Since swastikas are going to be in the game’s campaign mode anyway, one can argue that it doesn’t really matter whether or not the Nazi zombies have swastika armbands or other iconography on their uniforms, however apparently as a Call of Duty: WW2 dev, Condrey felt rather strongly about it.
Call of Duty: WW2 will be releasing on November 3 of this year, and will be available on the Xbox One, the Playstation 4, and the PC.