Upon reading the headline you were probably wandering who the hell still plays Modern Warfare 2? Well it turns out that quite a few people still do and one eagle eyed player has spotted some inappropriate religious text on one of the game’s maps which forced it to be taken offline.

Gamers found Islamic text around a painting in one of the bathrooms on the Favela map, which is an issue because holy Islamic texts are never to be placed in a bathroom as it is deemed an unclean environment. Kotaku reports that the map was taken offline over the weekend as a result of this.

Activision released 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.

One player also recorded a video of the painting which you can see here.

What do you think of the whole thing? Share your thoughts below.


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