Hitman 2: Silent Assassin – Sikh Trouble
This one’s an oldie.
Way back in 2002 Hitman 2: Silent Assassin was released, but references to a magnificent, ancient Gurdwara landed it in trouble.
A Gurdwara is a Sikh temple, you see, and the one in Hitman 2 was claimed to have quite a resemblance to the Golden Temple in Amritsar in India. That itself wasn’t the main issue though – it was the fact that you were sent there to kill.
Developer IO Interactive was quick to apologise to the Sikh community for any offence it had caused and quickly took action to remove any content that could be deemed offensive. Strangely though, it is said that the GOG version of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is uncensored.
Destiny 2 – Don’t Hate On The Gauntlet
Destiny 2 developer Bungie found itself in hot water when one user discovered that a legendary gauntlet in the game, Road Complex AA1, featured a symbol that closely resembled that of a hate group.
The symbol, which when rotated 90 degrees consists of four straight white horizontal lines surrounded by two grey K’s and I’s, looks very similar to the logo of the white nationalist movement know as Kek. Obviously the symbol was removed with haste when Bungie was alerted of the similarity.
Bungie also went on to investigate how the offending symbol made it into the game in the first place, the result of which you can find in their blog post here.