Activision has admitted that it made a serious mistake by using the artist’s work without permission. The original art was to be used in an upcoming skin for Call of Duty: Warzone, which has since been removed.
Major content updates, such as new seasons or mid-season updates, add weapons, maps, and changes to Call of Duty games, but they also usually bring brand new skins. Vanguard and Warzone had some notable skins. After all, who can forget the armored Titan or Godzilla and King Kong skins? At the start of Season 4, players also received a new Terminator crossover. However, the teasers also hinted at a new furry skin.
When it was first introduced, it caused a lot of buzz, and to be exact, it raised a ton of eyebrows. The anthropomorphic operator definitely stands out in a WWII-era Call of Duty game. However, some fans were excited about the prospect of running around as a Samoyed in Warzone.
Unfortunately, this idea will not come to fruition as Activision has confirmed that it has completely removed the skin from planned content for Season 4 Reloaded.
Activision has apologized for the Vanguard and Warzone Samoyed skin that the artist claims was stolen from him. The artist claimed that work was used without his permission. In a strange turn of events, Activision has apologized and appears to have confirmed the artist’s claims.
In a statement, Activision acknowledged that it “unfortunately made a mistake in the process and removed this image from the game”, apologizing for the oversight.
While fans may be disappointed that they lost their chance to fight as a furry Samoyed, most will agree that if the artist’s claims are legitimate, then a great injustice has been remedied, as no one should be stealing their work for no reward.