Activision has confirmed the removal of one of Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer maps.
The move was taken after an unspecified number of Muslim gamers complained about the discovery of a picture frame in one of the level’s bathrooms that has decorative Islamic script written around its edge.
It is against Islamic rule to have holy writings written on or in a bathroom.
The map has subsequently been removed and will not return until a title update for the game is released.
We apologise to anyone who found this image offensive,” an Activision rep told Kotaku. 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.”