If you noticed the Okay Emote was missing from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it’s not just you. With a new season for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone comes with it new loadouts, new cosmetics, and more. But as does Infinity Ward giveth, so shall they taketh away, and many were quick to notice that the OK Emote was mysteriously missing.
So why was the OK Emote removed? We actually don’t know because there was no official acknowledgment in the latest update’s patch about this. That being said, this symbol has changed in meaning through the years and with the Black Lives Matter movement at the forefront, it’s a good time to reconsider certain imagery.
A seemingly harmless gesture for a long time, over recent years it was turned into what many perceive as a hate symbol following a 4chan hoax that changed its meaning forever. Now, thanks to that, the OK symbol is synonymous with White Power and supremacist groups and is a major reason why it has been removed from so many games as a means of expression.
The comments also reflect that the connotation is the reason behind its removal, though the studio itself has yet to address the speculation and inquiries. Why it was included in the first place is a little bit up in the air; there are many other emote styles to choose from that can’t be misinterpreted. Still, it’s gone now and there are plenty of other new season drops to enjoy in its stead.
As for the game itself, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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What do you think about the removal of the OK Emote in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Smart move? Too little too late? Or is it just not that big of a deal? Sound off with your thoughts by hitting us up over on Twitter @PrimaGames! Be sure to check out our Game Hub here as well for more news, tips, and tricks to get you started for all aspects of Modern Warfare.