Activision Removes Favela Map from Modern Warfare 2, Due to Offensive Content
Written Monday, October 08, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer map Favela has been removed from the game following complaints from Muslim players.
Almost three years after the game’s release, a quote attributed to the Prophet Muhammed was noticed in one of the map’s bathrooms. It reads, "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty."
Muslim players reportedly found it disrespectful and offensive that the quote was written in a bathroom.
A title update will remove the writing at a later date, at which time the map will return to the game’s playlists.
"We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive," said Activision. "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 Favela 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."
It is not yet known when the title update will be released.