Call Of Duty: Vanguard Removes Islamophobic Content Following Criticism

Call Of Duty: Vanguard Removes Islamophobic Content Following Criticism
Screenshot: Activision

Call of Duty is a globally popular franchise that has a long history of portraying Muslim-majority countries in an unflattering light. The series latest entry, Call of Duty: Vanguard, drew criticism from a number of Muslim players after a YouTuber spotted that a location in its zombie campaign had pages of the Quran strewn on the floor. As of this morning, the official Arabic-language Twitter account for Call of Duty posted an apology and noted that the offending content has been removed from the game.

This translation is taken from Dexerto:

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 apologise. We are taking immediate steps internally to address the situation to prevent such occurrences in the future.

Here are screenshots from the campaign before the update:

The screenshots were taken during the Der Anfang campaign, which sees players shooting zombie-fied soldiers of various nationalities. This particular location is set in Stalingrad during World War II, though players also travel to France and Imperial Japan at certain points in the campaign. Regardless of context, some Muslim players and developers were displeased to see that the game’s environmental artists had placed pages of the Quran haphazardly on a dirty floor, where players could step on them or shoot them.

One game designer noted that a more culturally diverse team could have ensured that the content never made it into the game to begin with.

While many were relieved to see the Quran pages removed, some developers felt that the apology should have been sent out on Call of Duty’s other social media accounts as well. By limiting the apology to the Arabic account, the message wasn’t spread as widely, which could be seen as an effort to avoid acknowledging the error in other markets.

At the time of publication, neither the development studio nor the publisher has acknowledged the issue on their English-language social media.



  • Its a shame they removed them, anything that encourages less people to play the yearly call of duty is a win in my book.

    Ideally they would offend everyone and call of duty would no longer be profitable and they would have to put some effort in for the first time in 15 years.

    • Removing anything due to claims of “blasphemy” is stupid.

      If I’m not a part of your religion, why should i change my behaviour to follow its rules even though I’m not a part of it?

  • How is this islamophobic? Insensitive, sure. Dumb from a financial perspective? Absolutely. Islamophobic? Yeah… nope.

    This writer is fast approaching “don’t read my sensationalist nonsense” territory.

    • The writer is reporting what happened, not taking a stance. Furthermore if you don’t understand why some would be displeased with this perhaps you should read around and try to understand the issue from a different point of view. It’s pretty obvious that this was going to cause an issue.

      • I’ll just assume you typed this at the wrong person and ignore your comment, because there’s no way you actually read what I wrote and replied with THAT.

      • Quit being daft.

        The writer’s stance is stated plain as day in their article title…
        // Call Of Duty: Vanguard Removes ISLAMOPHOBIC CONTENT Following Criticism //

        And due to that alone I think the writer might actually be the ONLY person who is part of the article to be claiming Islamophobia.

        So the ‘ThEYre JUsT REpOrtINg!’ nonsense is ignorant at best, blatantly dishonest at worst.

  • There’s 3 certainties in life, death, taxes and Rami Ismail getting offended at absolutely everything.

  • Lol… Like… this is a joke right?

    Although considering the recent history of retaliation from “offending” this particular group… Spose you could call it a… close shave

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