Ubisoft has removed an image with a homophobic slur in it from The Division 2.
It’s really hard for a game developer to vet every inch of a game’s landscape. This is often how little easter eggs are left in by the designers. Usually, they’re just fun little graphics or maybe an inspirational quote--innocuous, but amusing.
However, Ubisoft’s The Division 2 managed to sneak a homophobic slur into the game, and that’s just unacceptable.
The image itself is pretty hard to find unless you know precisely where to look. On the side of a building is a giant mural that depicts a police officer eating a donut. That in itself is a relatively harmless stereotype, but look a little closer at the cop’s badge number and you’ll see “FA6607,” or “leetspeak” for a word we’re not going to print.
On the surface, this seems like a pretty random slur to include in the game, but it appears like this might have less do with any rancor against gay people and more to do with a music reference.
The mural of the cop is very similar to a piece of artwork that the band Black Flag included for their 1981 single “Police Story”. The cop wears a very similar expression while a gun is pressed into his mouth, and the gun itself seems to be making a similar homophobic slur.
We’ll forgive a 1980’s punk band for their casual homophobia, but it has no place in a video game in 2019.
Ubisoft agrees and issued a statement shortly after the image was discovered. "It's been brought to our attention that a piece of street art in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 contained offensive content. We removed the image from the game via a patch on Thursday, April 11,” the French developer said.
"We apologize that this image slipped through our content review processes, and we are currently reviewing them in order to avoid this kind of oversight from occurring in the future."
We’re guessing that somebody in The Division 2’s level design team is about to have a very bad day.
(Source: PC Gamer)