Activision is being sued for its depiction of Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
As reported by The Guardian, three of Savimbi’s children are bringing the suit to the publisher, claiming that the game paints him as a “barbarian” and “big halfwit who wants to kill everybody”.
They will argue that he was in fact a “political leader and strategist”, and are seeking €1m (NZ$2.2m / AU$2.06m) in damages.
Savimbi led a decades-long guerrilla insurgency against the Angolan government and its dominant party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), but was killed in battle in 2002.
He appears in the first mission in Black Ops II, where the player must aid his troops in a battle against the MPLA. See The Guardian's article for more on the case.
This is not the first time Activision has been sued for including real people in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. In 2014, imprisoned Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega unsuccessfully attempted to sue Activision over his own appearance in the game.