Modern Warfare Favela Map Removed
Activision has temporarily removed the popular Modern Warfare multiplayer map 'Favela' after receiving complaints from Muslim gamers over imagery found in the game.
Text attributed to Prophet Muhammad which reportedly reads "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty" was recently discovered on a picture frame hanging in a bathroom. Activision has since removed the map from rotation and is editing out the imagery. The publisher sent Kotaku the following statement:
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.