LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Signage seen during Call of Duty: Vanguard launch event with a first-ever verzuz concert at The Belasco on November 03, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Activision)
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Call of Duty’s New Character Clone Has Fans in an Uproar
One of the ways "Call of Duty" attempts to keep the game interesting for players is the introduction of new operator skins, especially novelty skins that are more fantastical than normal. In the case of Activision’s announcement for the “Floof Fury” Tracer Pack, however, one of the skins looked awfully familiar to concept artist Saillin’s.
That is because the bundle would come with a new operator skin — an anthropomorphized Samoyed — and a variety of weapons, abilities, and trinkets. Saillin's project, called "Monster Army," also included hypothetical operator skins of a variety of anthropomorphized animals, including a Samoyed soldier they posted two years ago that looks nearly identical to Activision’s.
In addition to being a Samoyed character, the "Floof Fury" design also included a similar scarf to Saillin's original design, as well as a nearly identical pouch, gun strap, elbow guard, and clothing. Activision quickly pulled the pack, advertisements, and previews after the plagiarism accusations went viral, and Saillin said the company has contacted them, but offered no further details.