Call Of Duty Vanguard launched for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC around two weeks ago on 5 November 2021. Sledgehammer Games’ new entry in the franchise has recently come under attack for featuring the Islamic holy book, the Al-Quran, in the game.
What’s offensive about the depiction of the Quran in Call of Duty Vanguard is that they can be seen lying scattered on the floor during gameplay. In Islam, the Al-Quran is considered sacred and holy, which is why it must not be placed on the floor or any dirty surfaces. The pages of the Quran can be seen in Call Of Duty Vanguard Zombies mode during the Der Anfang campaign.
Publisher Activision has since made an official apology on the matte after removing the Al-Quran from the game. Speaking with CNN, an Activision representative said:
“Call Of Duty is made for everyone. There was insensitive content to the Muslim community mistakenly included last week and has since been removed from the game. It should never have appeared as it did in-game.
We deeply apologize. We are taking immediate steps internally to address the situation to prevent such occurrences in the future.”
Other prominent Muslim figures in the games industry have also voiced out on the issue, including Malaysian video game developer Anisa Sanusi who is based in the UK. She said via a tweet:
“Sometimes the whole point of a diverse team isn’t just for gender balance, sometimes it’s at least one person pointing out hey maybe putting an entire culture’s holy scriptures onto the floor to be stepped as you kill people is super insensitive? Leave the Quran out of it.”
Sometimes the whole point of a diverse team isn’t just for gender balance, sometimes it’s at least one person pointing out hey maybe putting an entire cultures holy scriptures onto the floor to be stepped as you kill people is super insensitive? Leave the Quran out of it ffs https://t.co/9sfY5iUiwy
— Anisa Sanusi (🇲🇾✈️🇬🇧) (@studioanisa) November 11, 2021
In a statement to CNN, Muslim Dutch-Egyptian game developer Rami Ismail said:
“Games have used Muslim lands as war zones and Muslim people as targets for decades — it is tiring to see additional disrespect towards our people. Things like this just really shouldn’t happen.”
Stories like this are making it to major outlets in the West now. Muslims & Arabs will not get quieter about this: if you're going to use our lands or cultures or languages in a playground, do it with a modicum of respect. Or be on CNN. Up to you, really.https://t.co/ESPnCt8XbU
— Rami Ismail (رامي) (@tha_rami) November 15, 2021
Call Of Duty Vanguard is now out for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. In the meantime, check out the trailer below: