Call of Duty: Vanguard under fire for disrespecting the Qur’an

Sometimes developers and publishers cross boundaries without even realizing it. For example, a playful joke can create a shitstorm because people find it offensive. Ubisoft knows all about that since its recent Far Cry 6 mail campaign. But on other occasions, developers kick people’s shins without really understanding what they did wrong. Luckily there’s the internet, filled with people who are eager to tell you how much you fucked up. Sledgehammer and Activision have figured that out the painful way. Why? Because they singlehandedly slapped the entire Muslim community in the face by defiling their holy book, the Qur’an.

If you haven’t delved into Vanguard’s zombie mode yet, you have had no way of spotting this painful fuckup yet. But believe me, it was spotted by plenty. One of the maps shows pages of the Qur’an scattered on the floor, ready to be walked over. And let’s be honest here, that’s kinda distasteful, no matter what divine entity you believe in.

One of the more prominent Muslims to spot this was Rami Ismail. Many of you might know him as the founder of Vlambeer. He was quick with his request to Activision to have the insensitive scenario removed from the game.

Luckily, Activision didn’t take long to respond with an appropriate apology and a solid promise to fix it ASAP. It might not make much sense to you if you’re not familiar with Arab writing, but trust me, Activision knows what it did wrong this time.

Big oof, man. Big oof… What a way to gain some popularity in these times of turmoil.