Infinity Ward has renamed a controversial soldier skin in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone after it was accused of glorifying the police.
A patch issued today changes the name of soldier D-Day’s Border War skin to Home on the Range. The description of the skin has also been changed.
The Border War description read: “Show them the error of their ways and make them pay with D-Day’s Border War operator skin.”
The Home on the Range description reads: “Play along with the deer and the antelope with the Home on the Range D-Day operator skin.”
Aesthetically, the Border War skin has not changed. It still includes the word “police” on D-Day’s chest, and the flag of the state of Texas on D-Day’s left shoulder.
Wayne “D-Day” Davis’ in-game biography reveals he is a Texan former US Army Ranger who is now part of the Demon Dogs Unit of the Coalition.
The Border War skin was accused of glorifying the police in the context of US president Trump’s controversial immigration policy, and comes amid the Black Lives Matter movement, a global protest against police brutality against African-Americans.
Infinity Ward has been tweaking the mega-popular military shooter in recent weeks. In early July, the developer quietly removed the OK gesture from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone without explanation, but it was likely due to its status as a hate symbol.
The developer has issued strong statements in recent weeks, pledging to crack down on racism in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and even inserting a Black Lives Matter message into the game.