The developers have already removed the mention of the appearance from the game website, but have not yet commented on the situation.
Concept artist Sail Lin said that at the end of July he noticed the announcement of new skins for Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer and recognized the design he had come up with in one of the skins. This is an anthropomorphic Samoyed dog wearing a plaid scarf that the illustrator drew in 2020 for his Monster Army series.
Lin claims that developers from Raven Software and publisher Activision did not contact him about the rights to the image of the Samoyed. The concept artist also showed similarities between his art and the Call of Duty skin: the dog in the game also had to wear elbow pads, a plaid scarf, and a white cape.
The Samoyed skin was supposed to be added to Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard in the last days of July, but it was removed from the game’s website. However, the skin can still be seen in the image that Raven Software used to announce the update.
Social media users have massively supported Sale Lin and noted that even when Activision finally decided to add a furry look to CoD, it turned out to be stolen.