The incident resulting in George Floyd’s death has sparked outrage in the USA. As things stand, it is quite a sensitive situation. And now, gaming companies and studios are also taking it into consideration while moving forward. Activision and Infinity Ward have made a huge decision today regarding Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Wait for new season of Call of Duty Modern Warfare extended
The developers took to Twitter to announce to its community the news regarding the new season. In the wake of the nationwide protests in the USA, they are postponing the new seasons of Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone. Furthermore, Season 7 of Call of Duty Mobile will also be delayed.
The post made the reason quite clear.
“Right now, it’s time for those speaking up equality, justice and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you.”
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) June 2, 2020
Season 4 of Modern Warfare was all set to release on June 3, with fan-favorite character, Captain Price, as the new operator. Furthermore, Infinity Ward had also promised to release new content for Warzone.
Many were quick to laud Call of Duty developers for making the decision and taking a stand.
If you’re more angry about a video game update than the current situation in America right now then you need to rethink your priorities.
— Matthew Fuller (@MatthewFullerTV) June 2, 2020
100% behind this.
Thank you guys.
— h o l l o w 🦁 (@HollowPoiint) June 2, 2020
On the other hand, others felt it was the wrong move.
I don’t see how pushing back content for games helps racial problems in America
— Alan Payne (@Alan_N21) June 2, 2020
Gaming is my escape. My courthouse has been vandalized, my hometown is in chaos. I am stress, worried, angry and my people are in pain. I need this bright spot and you have taken that away from us.
— Stacey Watson (@rubyrudy) June 2, 2020
Activision follow Sony and EA
A few hours ago, Japanese tech giants, Sony, announced its decision to cancel its June 4 event. The digital event was set to reveal next-gen games for the upcoming PS5 console. However, given the ongoing situation in its biggest market, the USA, Sony opted to put it on hold. Rumors were rife that the new entry in the Call of Duty franchise was also going to be revealed at the event. From the looks of it, it will remain a mystery for the near future.
Electronic Arts is another gaming giant to have made a similar decision. It planned on giving us the first look at Madden 21 on Monday but delayed it “to drive change.”
An official statement from EA SPORTS pic.twitter.com/MKdgJjvKJB
— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) May 31, 2020
Keep watching this space as we keep you updated regarding further developments on the same.