Call of Duty ou COD (en français l « Appel du devoir ») est une série de jeux vidéo de tir à la première personne sur la guerre. La série a été créée en 2003 par le studio Infinity Ward et éditée par Activision. Les trois premiers opus prennent place lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale tandis que les épisodes suivants évoluent vers des conflits modernes fictifs, mis à part Call of Duty: World at War et Call of Duty: WWII, sortis respectivement en 2008 et 2017. Le dernier épisode de la saga sorti est Call of Duty: Cold War en 2020.
Avec plus de 300 millions d exemplaires écoulés dans le monde en 2019, tous les épisodes confondus, elle fait partie des séries de jeux vidéo les plus vendues de l histoire.
La série a aussi développé une scène e-sport importante sur les versions consoles, dont le point culminant est le Call of Duty Championship.

The swastika is a symbol that represents one of the most evil acts in the history of humanity, and videogame developers have been fully reluctant to include it in their games. In 2017 Call of Duty: Second World War, the developer Sledgehammer Games replaced the symbol with the iron cross, but it seems that that may not be the case for the next game of the series. According to the journalist of games and knowledgeable Tom Henderson, when Call of Duty: Vanguard releases next month, I could give players the option to switch between the two symbols. Henderson bases this theory in the fact that both images have appeared in trailers and internal art.

Henderson Tweet about inclusion can be found embedded below.

It seems that there could be an option in the VanGuardia campaign to have the swastika or the iron cross.

As mentioned above, the swastika was instead of the iron cross in some internal illustrations. pic.twitter.com/ondruzyeifr.

  • Tom Henderson (@ tom henderson ) October 11, 2021

There are no easy answers when it comes to putting the swastika in games like Call of Duty: Vanguard . The inclusion of the symbol ensures that the game is more faithful to its period of time and surroundings. However, it can also trivialize the symbol or even glorify it. It is a difficult situation for any piece of fiction set during that period of time, and Sledgehammer Games has struggled with this in the past. In an interview with Forbes before Call of Duty: World War II at Launch, Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, approached the controversial subject.

We have fought with the issue of Nazi iconography, including the swastika, throughout the course of development, said Condrey to Forbes in 2017.

There are, of course, cultural limits that we feel we had to respect. And we also wanted to be authentic in our game design approach. It is a good balance of not glorifying the symbolism, without ignoring or shrieking this dark moment in human history. Certainly there is a line that we are very aware of not crossing, while we continue honoring the sacrifice of those who fought to retreat the world from the edge of tyranny. In short, it is not something we take lightly .

At the time of writing this article, nor Sledgehammer Games or Activision have addressed directly if there will be an option to switch between the swastika and the Iron Cross in Call of Duty: Vanguard , so we will have to wait and see how this is handled. Meanwhile, readers can consult all our previous vangugia coverage right here.

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