A homophobic slur has been found in some unassuming street art within The Division 2.
First picked up on in an imgur album which was listing the “spell check fails” you can find in the game, it has since been spread around the internet, and many are wondering how such a slur made it into the game.
You can click through to the link above to find it, the slur has been translated into ‘leetspeak’ i.e 1337 to obfuscate the offending word, but it’s still very visible on the mural which appears in The Division 2’s Washington D.C.
Many have pointed out that it is a reference to some art associated with the punk band Black Flag, but regardless, this is totally beyond that context as most of the original art has been changed for its appearance in The Division 2.
Of course, Ubisoft has now removed the image with a patch that landed yesterday, April 11. A statement from the company reads:
“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.”
According to Ubisoft, they believe it appeared due to a content review issue in QA. “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.”
It’s a very strange situation for Ubisoft, who usually do a fairly good job of fighting toxicity and championing diversity in their games. You may remember they implemented a system in Rainbow Six: Siege where players would be banned for using homophobic and racist slurs in chat. We should get further clarification soon. Hopefully, this was just a small mistake during QA, but it was certainly a misstep from the art department!