Call of Duty: Mobile has a profanity filter that functions rather differently (or strangely) than what you would normally expect. Suffice to say, the feature needs some mandatory tweaks and adjustments to get it working right.
In its current state, the profanity filter censors common words and game-related jargon that players have been safely using online for years. In addition, the same profanity filter lets through actual profanity, making Call of Duty: Mobile home to a lot of complaints and humor in the past few days.
For example, you can’t use words like “Jesus, sniper, assault, boom, and kill” in Call of Duty: Mobile. Even “domination” is considered a profanity despite being the name of one of the included playable modes. However, you can freely use words and slurs that are both offensive and abusive without triggering the filtration algorithm.
Call of Duty: Mobile has reached spectacular figures in terms of the number of downloads. The mobile adaptation of the franchise was launched just last week but has already been downloaded more than 35 million times worldwide across both iOS and Android devices.
With such a large player-base, you can imagine how the internet is having a field day with the profanity filter. It’s difficult to not come across players that are finding humor in the problematic feature. Tencent Games will need to revisit its development team and discuss what exactly is considered censor-worthy. Unless the profanity filter is just there to remove all representations of violence and religion, which is something Chinese developers often to do get past the regional censor board.
Call of Duty: Mobile is described as a combination of Modern Warfare and Black Ops. Hence, you can expect iconic features to be part of the experience. Soap McTavish, Simon “Ghost” Riley, and Alex Mason are all returning, alongside classic maps such as Nuketown, Crash, and Hijacked. Besides the battle royale mode, there will be Team Deathmatch, Domination, and even Gun Game.
Elsewhere, Modern Warfare is gearing up for launch later in the month. The community is still making a lot of noise over the netcode, availability of weapons in supply drops, absent details about post-release content support, and the Specs Ops Survival Mode being kept exclusive to PlayStation 4 for a whole year. Infinity Ward has promised to provide an update on all concerns in the coming days. If you’re not part of the boycott campaign, you can pre-order Modern Warfare before it releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25, 2019.