A brand new pores and skin for Name of Obligation: Warzone and Name of Obligation: Vanguard is getting suspiciously side-eyed for its similarity to a unique recreation’s character pores and skin, simply weeks after writer Activision was accused of copying an artist’s work for Name of Obligation cosmetics. One of many individuals who seems to take problem with Name of Obligation’s new Doomsayer operator pores and skin is a former Activision worker who used to work on the first-person shooter franchise.
On Monday, the official Name of Obligation Twitter account promoted the Malware Extremely Pores and skin Bundle, exhibiting off the Doomsayer pores and skin for an operator named Shigenori Ota. Doomsayer wears a hood and black physique armor, whose most distinctive characteristic is a glowing, hologram-like cranium projecting by way of its helmet.
Name of Obligation followers rapidly famous the Doomsayer pores and skin’s similarity to a beauty revealed in July from the in-development recreation Deadrop, which is being developed by the studio Midnight Society. That studio’s co-founders embrace in style streamer Man “Dr DisRespect” Beahm and Robert Bowling, the previous inventive strategist and neighborhood supervisor for Name of Obligation developer Infinity Ward. (Bowling left IW in 2012.)
Bowling appeared to take problem with Name of Obligation’s Doomsayer character pores and skin and its similarity to Deadrop’s “4 Zero Two” Variant look, tweeting early Tuesday morning, “At the least identify it after me.”
Not like the Loyal Samoyed pores and skin added to (and rapidly pulled from) Name of Obligation: Warzone and Vanguard final month, the Doomsayer pores and skin has some degree of precedent in Name of Obligation. One of many collection most recognizable characters is British particular forces operator Simon “Ghost” Riley, who has been the beneficiary of a variety of hooded, skull-faced skins throughout a number of Name of Obligation video games. In Name of Obligation: Black Ops Chilly Battle and Warzone, the operator Weaver obtained a spooky, glowing-skull Ghost-like look known as Disciple of the Darkish Aether. Vanguard and Warzone have additionally lately experimented with LED-infused faces (Sort Face) and futuristic helmets (Violet Stealth, Excessive Bitrate), regardless of the shooters’ World Battle II-inspired setting.
Nonetheless, the similarities between Deadrop’s Variant pores and skin and Name of Obligation’s Doomsayer are stark, sufficient to rile up a section of the participant base with accusations of plagiarism for the second time in a month.
Polygon has reached out to Activision for touch upon the allegations and can replace when the corporate responds.