Sledgehammer Games, the studio behind the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard, weighs in on the recent controversy surrounding Activision Blizzard
Our last few days saw Sledgehammer Games, Activision Publishing’s oversight team, speaking on the numerous cases of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct aimed at women in the organization, resulting in an ongoing lawsuit against Activision Blizzard related to toxic workplace culture.
According to an article published by Eurogamer, the Sledgehammer Games acknowledged the accusations while announcing their next COD game, Call of Duty: Vanguard, which will be published by Activision Blizzard.
In the event that you have not watched the game trailer, here is a detail which Activision concealed, instead using the symbol “Call of Duty presents… a Sledgehammer Games production”. This way, the publisher avoids more excitement.
During a virtual presentation for Vanguard, the company’s Sledgehammer chief, Aaron Halon, said, “
“The stories and pain that people share are just devastating. We love to play games. It’s what we do. It’s what we do for a living, and we love it. But more importantly, as humans, we’re here for each other, working side by side and caring for one another in both good and bad times.
“Harassment of any kind goes against everything we stand for as a stadium, on behalf of Sledgehammer Games and all teams that support Call of Duty: Vanguard. Everyone, regardless of title, function, gender, orientation, or ethnicity, ought to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality.”
Halon went on:
“Despite the fact that we are unable to comment on the process, what I can say is that as a team, we are committed to ensuring that all team members feel safe, welcome, and respected. As a result, know that when we begin our presentation, these ideas and actions will be at the forefront of our minds. They speak about the fundamental values that define who we are and who we want to be. Thank you on behalf of everyone in the team.”
Halon finished his statement by saying:
“There is no easy way to change the subject while discussing our game. So, please forgive me for the strange transition. The stadium teams had been anticipating this day for quite some time. And they’ve done an incredible job. It’s an honor to be here to share this with you.”
Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5, 2021.