Call of Duty: Warzone Gets Samoyed Dog Skin, Artist Says It’s Plagiarized

Activision’s latest update for Call of Duty: War Zone will bring the Terminator – both Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 and Robert Patrick’s T-1000 – to the battle royale style shooter. Also coming in Season 4 of war zone is everyone’s favorite giant floating dog breed, the Samoyed, thanks to a new skin for Call of Duty operator Kim Tae Young.

Scoring headshots as a Samoyed should be cause for celebration, but artist says ‘Loyal Samoyed’ skin for Call of Duty: Warzone was plagiarized and based on a concept they independently created over two years ago. Following this allegation, it seems that Call of Duty: Warzone Developer Raven Software has removed images referencing the Loyal Samoyed cosmetic from its website. (The original version of Raven’s blog on war zone season 4 included two images of the Samoyed. The current version has replaced these images.)

Concept artist Sail Lin uploaded artwork of their character, “Samoye Medical,” to the ArtStation website in December 2019. On Friday, the artist took to Twittersaying that Activision and Raven Software plagiarized this work without contacting them and without compensation.

“Although I’m also a COD player, I’m very disappointed to see my work plagiarized by a big company like Activision in this way,” the artist wrote. “I have contacted Activision for an explanation and/or compensation, and I hope the situation will be resolved soon. such things will not happen again in the future.

Sail Lin cited a YouTube video from The COD Inspector channel that shows the contents of the Floof Fury Tracer Pack in their indictment. They illustrate clear similarities between the Samoye Medical illustration and the Loyal Samoyed skin in-game model.

Raven’s original blog banner, featuring the Loyal Samoyed skin
Image: Raven/Activision Software

It’s not yet clear how Raven and Activision plan to respond to the allegation, other than currently downplaying the promotion of the Floof Fury Tracer pack. A tweet from Raven’s Twitter account release that features the Samoyed skin is still up as of this writing, and the developer hasn’t publicly addressed the allegation. Polygon has reached out to Activision for comment and will update when the Call of Duty publisher responds.

Call of Duty: WarzoneThe alleged artistic transgression of is not unique in the world of games. Publishers like Capcom, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Paradox Interactive have been accused of hoarding artist artwork and photos, which is often the result of working with a large volume of assets and with sub-authors. third-party contractors, and failing to properly verify the sources of some of the Assets.

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