Upcoming title Call of Duty Vanguard could allow player to chose whether they want to see Swastikas in the game or not.
This theory comes from industry insider Tom Henderson who posted on Twitter that he think the next game will have an option to turn off the symbol in the game. He based his theory on the promotional material released for the game, which has used both the Swastika and the Iron Cross in trailers and images.
Recent Call of Duty games have switched between the two symbols, older games displaying the Swastika while the newer games used the Iron Cross. Now they’re leaving it up to the player.
Call of Duty WWII made an effort to hide all of the Swastikas in multiplayer in an effort to respect ‘cultural boundaries’. Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condry told Forbes: “We’ve wrestled with the topic of Nazi iconography, including the swastika, throughout the course of development”.
“There are, of course, cultural boundaries that we felt we needed to respect. And we also wanted to be authentic in our approach to game design. It’s a fine balance of not glorifying the symbolism, while also not ignoring or shying away from this dark moment in human history. There’s certainly a line that we are very conscious not to cross, while still honouring the sacrifice of those who fought to push back the world from the brink of tyranny. In short, it’s not something we take lightly.”
As well as cultural issues, different regions have different rules on display these types of images. Germany are known to limit how much Nazi imagery can be shown in the game, this lead to Bethesda having to remove Hitler’s moustache from the recent Wolfenstein.
Sledgehammer haven’t actually confirmed or denied this yet, and with it being a small but controversial topic, we’ll probably just have to wait for the release to find out.