Last week we covered the news that an accusation of plagiarism had been levelled at publisher Activision over the Loyal Samoyed skin, an anthropomorphic dog that was to be included in both Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone as a part of the premium Floof Fury Tracer Pack.
In a statement to Polygon, the publisher had the following to say on the matter:
“We have the utmost respect for creativity and content creation. We love the Loyal Samoyed, but regrettably we erred in our process and have removed this imagery from the game. We apologize for the misstep.”
The original design was created by artist Sail Lin, entitled 'Samoye Medical', and was uploaded to the online art portfolio Artstation several years ago.
Lin, however, was not impressed with this general statement, and expects a direct and personal apology for the incident, and an explanation:
An apology is the very least that Lin is owed, considering the blatant nature of the entire affair. We will have to wait and see how and if Activision responds.