Activision has pulled the Favela multiplayer map from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 3, as Muslim players got extremely angry after finding an image in one of its areas with a quote from the prophet Muhammad.
Favela was one of the most iconic maps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and also appeared in Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer, delivering some intense firefights throughout the infamous favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Unfortunately, it seems that a few players found some rather controversial content in one of the map’s bathrooms, as two paintings had on their frames a quote from the prophet Muhammad, saying that “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.”
As you can imagine, this caused an uproar amidst Muslim players who started protesting against Activision.
As a result, the company has confirmed that it’s pulled the map from the Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer playlists and that it’s going to release a special update with next textures for the level.
"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,” the company told Kotaku.
“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.”
The company has also emphasized that it always tries to respect religion in its games and that the texture was a mistake.
“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."
Expect a new update for Modern Warfare 2 and 3 in the very near future.