A new Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard skin is getting suspiciously side-eyed for its similarity to a different games character skin, just weeks after publisher Activision was accused of copying an artist's work for Call of Duty cosmetics. One of the people who appears to disagree with Call of Duty's new Doomsayer operator skin is a former Activision employee who used to work on the first-person shooter franchise.
The official Call of Duty Twitter account promoted the Malware Ultra Skin Bundle on Monday, showing off the Doomsayer skin for an operator named Shigenori Ota. Doomsayer wears a hood and black body armor, which has the most striking feature a glowing, hologram-like skull that crosses its helmet.
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The Doomsayer skins are a match for a cosmetic originally shown in July for the in-development game Deadrop, which is being developed by the studio Midnight Society. That studios co-founders include popular streamer Guy Dr DisRespect Beahm and Robert Bowling, the former creative strategist and community manager for Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. (Bowling left IW in 2012.)
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Bowling reportedly expressed frustration with Call of Duty's Doomsayer character skin and its similarity to the Deadrops Four Zero Two Variant appearance, tweeting early Tuesday morning, At least name it after me.
The Doomsayer skin is also used in Call of Duty: Cold War and Warzone as well as futuristic helmets (Violet Stealth, High Bitrate).
For the second time in a month, the similarities between Deadrops Variant skin and Call of Dutys Doomsayer are evident.
Polygon has reached out to Activision for a response to the concerns, and will update when the company responds.