The family of Angolan rebel Jonas Savimbi has filed suit in France against Activation Blizzard for the warlord’s likeness being used in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Savimbi is the character in the opening level of the game exhorting rebel troops to kill the enemy while transporting the player character through a battlefield. The family’s suit alleges that the game defames Savimbi by portraying him as a “big halfwit who wants to kill everybody” instead of a dedicated rebel that fought oppression. Savimbi is a controversial figure who waged a decade-long guerilla war against Angola’s government before his death in 2002.
This marks the second time Black Ops II has come under fire from a political figure. Manuel Noriega tried to sue Activision in 2014 for his likeness being used in the game without his permission, but the suit was dismissed by the court.