The "Favela" map of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been temporarily removed following the discovery of, and complaints about a painting with Islamic holy teachings found in the map.
The painting, which reads around the frame a quote from Mohammed, "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty," has been criticised as disrespectful to Muslim gamers due to the fact that it is located above a toilet in a crumbling bathroom.
The discovery of this image has prompted Activision into planning to remove the image from both Modern Warfare 2 and 3 via separate title updates. Activision announced their plans via Kotaku:
We apologise 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 Favela 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."
The video below is a short message to Infinity Ward from a Muslim gamer, who addresses the offensive imagery in question and why it is disrespectful to the Muslim community.
By Nathan Misa