Players now see the message frequently.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now seems to be showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement by replacing the splash screen with a message highlighting that systematic inequalities and community experiences are once again center stage. This comes after protests erupted worldwide following the murder of George Floyd and has seen numerous companies showing support for the Black and POC communities fighting for their basic human rights and to put an end to police brutality.
The message seems to appear every time Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is launched, and it reappears every time the player switches to a new mode, such as the free-to-play Battle Royale mode Warzone. According to The Verge, this seems to be present on the PS4 version, but a photo shown here also shows it being present on the Xbox One, however, shown as a message rather than a splash screen. I imagine the message is also present on the PC version as well.
The message that appears reads, “Our community is hurting. The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage. Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be.”
Activision Blizzard has already shared a tweet saying that the company stands against racism and inequality. The Call of Duty Twitter also announced that the next season that was due to take place has been postponed to a later date. Infinity Ward also issued a statement, announcing that it would be introducing new steps to combat in-game racism and harassment, something that has been around in the game’s series for years and never addressed.
The message appearing in-game is certainly worthwhile, ensuring that the message is being spread continually through the game and to the players, further raising awareness. Other companies such as Pokemon, Niantic, and EA have outlined steps they are taking, donating to causes, and ensuring that they’re going to be held accountable for being committed to the steps.