Perhaps 10 years too late, Infinity Ward says it’s now focused on more staunchly eliminating racist content that appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The use of racist, sexist, homophobic, and all sorts of other slurs have become commonplace in the lobbies of Call of Duty games over the years. This kind of language has, in many ways, become just as identifiable with Call of Duty’s brand as Doritos, Mountain Dew, and 1v1 matches on Rust have been over the years. And after a long period of time in which this issue has festered, Infinity Ward says it’s now looking to do something about it.
In the wake of the protests that have broken out throughout the United States following the death of George Floyd, conversations surrounding racism have come to light in a major way. Developer Infinity Ward is now (finally) looking to do something about this problem in its own neck of the woods. Shared in a new post on Twitter, Infinity Ward said it is looking for ways to cut down on racist content that appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare moving forward.
“There is no place for racist content in our game,” Infinity Ward said plainly. The studio went on to state that it has taken steps since the launch of Modern Warfare last year to eliminate this kind of content more, but that it clearly hasn’t done enough. Moving forward, the studio says it will invoke additional resources that will allow it to recognize certain tags and IDs that are racist. Furthermore, in-game reporting systems will be increased and will ban more players by the hour who break these rules. Additional steps to make it easier to report racist acts along with increasing permanent bans to repeat offenders have also been mentioned as well.
“We apologize to our players. This is our commitment to you, our fans, thank you,” read the end of Infinity Ward’s statement.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) June 3, 2020
Let’s be perfectly honest here: this is a move Infinity Ward doesn’t deserve much praise for at all. As many responses to the post on Twitter stated, the fact that it took the death of a man and ensuing global protest of systematic racism for Infinity Ward to finally feel the need to more staunchly rectify and push back on these long-standing issues in Call of Duty says a lot. While the studio behind Modern Warfare can never police the actions or speech of every player who jumps into the game, the point still stands that this has been an issue in the game’s community for well over a decade at this point and it’s something that Activision and various Call of Duty developers have never really addressed head-on.
It’s absolutely a good thing that Infinity Ward is now looking to crack down on these racist issues that have lingered within Call of Duty games for years, but it’s hard not to think that something shouldn’t have been done sooner. Hopefully, the steps that the studio has outlined here can lead to actual change within the Call of Duty community.