Henderson’s Tweet on inclusion can be found below.
It looks like there might be an option in the #Avant-garde campaign to have the swastika or the iron cross.
As mentioned earlier, the swastika was displayed in place of the iron cross in some internal artwork. pic.twitter.com/ONdRzYEIFr
– 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: The Vanguard. The inclusion of the symbol ensures that the game is more faithful to its period and setting. However, it can also trivialize the symbol or even glorify it. It’s a tough situation for any piece of fiction set during this time, and Sledgehammer Games has struggled with this in the past. In an interview with Forbes before Call of Duty: WWII, Michael Condrey, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, addressed the controversial topic.
“We struggled with the subject of Nazi iconography, including the swastika, throughout development,” Condrey told Forbes in 2017.
“There are, of course, cultural boundaries that we felt we had to respect. And we also wanted to be authentic in our approach to game design. It’s a good balance between not glorifying symbolism, while not ignoring or running away from this dark moment in human history. There is certainly a line that we are very conscious of not crossing, while honoring the sacrifice of those who have fought to push the world back to the brink of tyranny. In short, it’s not something we take lightly. “
As of this writing, neither Sledgehammer Games nor Activision have directly asked if there would be an option to switch between the Swastika and the Iron Cross in Call of Duty: The Vanguardso we’ll have to wait and see how this is handled. In the meantime, readers can check out all of our previous coverage of Avant-garde here.
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[H/T: Gaming Bible]