2020 is like no year I’ve ever experienced, and I’m pretty sure that’s true for just about everyone.
The global COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown felt pretty surreal—and still does—but now we have massive protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on top of a deadly pandemic. It feels like the world is going crazy, and maybe it is.
These protests aren’t confined only to the United States, but have spread across the globe as protesters decry police brutality and other injustices. It’s mayhem out there, with police and civilian clashes and the president announcing today in a speech that he plans on sending the American military to break up protests.
Suffice to say, now is probably not the best time to hold a big PlayStation 5 event or launch a new season for a military first-person shooter. Hours after Sony cancelled this week’s big PS5 event, Activision and Infinity Ward announced that Season 4 of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone would not release this week.
Previously, the plan was to have the new season kick off sometime this Wednesday, June 3rd. That is no longer going to happen, as civil unrest continues to dominate the national conversation. Call Of Duty: Mobile’s new season is also being delayed.
“While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of Modern Warfare, Warzone and Call Of Duty: Mobile, now is not the time,” the company wrote in a statement on Twitter today.
“We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call Of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates.
“Right now it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard.
“We stand alongside you.”
As you can see, as of right now there is no specific later date. Just like with Sony’s PS5 event delay, these companies are keeping the date up in the air. After all, nobody knows what’s going to happen next. The White House has been surrounded by protesters. Videos of looting and police beatings are making the rounds on social media. Curfews have been put in place all over the country.
As someone who used to cover the war on drugs and the militarization of the police, I know this has been a long time coming. Hopefully protesters will convince policy leaders to enact more changes and reforms and those responsible for the murder of George Floyd will be held accountable. Then maybe this can all have something like a peaceful resolution.
But this feels like something that will continue for quite awhile, and nothing is even remotely certain anymore. So be safe, be excellent to one another, and keep wearing a mask and washing your hands. COVID-19 is still very real, after all.
Source: Forbes Business