“Our community is hurting.”
Infinity Ward has inserted a Black Lives Matter message into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.
The message, below, shown upon starting the game, is one of Modern Warfare’s “Message of the Day” screens, and also displays as you load into a game of Warzone.
“Our community is hurting,” the message begins.
“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.”
The insertion of the message follows Infinity Ward’s pledge to “do a better job” at cracking down on racist content generated by players in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
In a statement posted to Twitter and in-game, Infinity Ward said it was issuing thousands of bans of racist and hate-orientated names in the game. “But we know we have more to do.”
Infinity Ward’s statement and in-game messages come as Black Lives Matter protests continue around the globe following the police killing of George Floyd last week. As companies throughout the games industry pledge their support for the movement, Call of Duty fans had once again highlighted Infinity Ward’s reported failure to effectively tackle racist content and slurs in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, particularly in relation to its customisable player names feature.