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Call of Duty dog skin images scrubbed following plagiarism claim

UPDATE: Activision apologises for "misstep".

UPDATE 11/8/22: Call of Duty publisher Activision has apologised for the fluffy dog skin it advertised as coming to Call of Duty Warzone - that was based upon a fan-made design.

"We have the utmost respect for creativity and content creation," an Activision spokesperson said in a statement, published first by Polygon. "We love the Loyal Samoyed, but regrettably we erred in our process and have removed this imagery from the game. We apologise for the misstep."

It sounds like the Loyal Samoyed skin has now been locked up for good.


ORIGINAL STORY 1/8/22: A fluffy dog skin set to release in Call of Duty Warzone has been hit by a claim of plagiarism, and Activision has now pulled imagery of the upcoming pooch from its website.

The claim of copying comes from concept artist and Call of Duty fan Sail Lin, who has highlighted images of their own dog skin design, originally uploaded to Artstation back in December 2019.

Writing on Twitter, Lin said he was "very disappointed to see my work being plagiarised by a big company like Activision in this way". Eurogamer has contacted Activision for comment.

Call of Duty Warzone.

Activision announced the "Loyal Samoyed" skin for Warzone's Kim Tae Young operator last week, as part of a season four blog post, which as Polygon spotted has now been edited to remove images of the canine costume in question.

An archived version of the still-live article shows the blog's original version, however, and looks to have been edited following Lin's post.

Lin says his original design, dubbed "Samoye Medical", shares numerous similarities with Activision's version beyond using the same dog breed. It's also, disappointingly, nothing like Call of Duty Ghosts' Colin.

The image below, posted by Lin, points to specific details found in both his original artwork and an official trailer for Activision's version, dubbed the "Floof Fury Tracer Pack".

Lin's comparison image.
Lin's comparison image of the dog designs.

Meanwhile, here's Activision's official trailer, which can still be found uploaded elsewhere on YouTube:

Call of Duty Warzone's Floof Fury Tracer Pack.

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