Call of Duty players flock to buy 'all black' DLC skin, hide in dark corners

Call of Duty players flock to buy ‘all black’ DLC skin, hide in dark corners

You'll never see me coming...
Enlarge / You’ll never see me coming…

Industry watchers who pay attention to Steam’s bestseller charts may have noticed a surprising entry climbing near the top in recent days: a cosmetic Call of Duty Los Angeles Thieves Call of Duty League (CDL) team themed skin pack. These surprisingly strong sales likely have little to do with the team’s fandom, and more to do with how the almost all-black kit can make players harder to spot. Modern Warfare II Where Warzone 2.0 matches.

The LA Thieves Pack, which went on sale earlier this week, is one of 12 different themed skin packs designed around the 12 competitive CDL teams. But while every other CDL skin pack available features bright colors and/or a striped shoulder harness for easy visibility, the LA Thieves offering is almost all black, save for a small logo” LA” red on the chest, left arm and back. .

Players quickly noticed how this outfit could make them harder to see in the darker parts of some Call of Duty Maps. “Make sure you go to the store and buy the one skin that gives you a competitive edge,” Thieves player Sam Larew said. cheekily tweeted tuesday.

Wednesday morning, CharlieIntel fan site noticed that the pack was the 11th best selling item on all of Steam, as measured by total income. As of this writing, the $10 DLC still ranks 18th on Steam’s US revenue charts, well ahead of popular games like marvel snap and Final Fantasy XIV.

One of these things is not like the others...
Enlarge / One of these things is not like the others…

The next best-selling CDL skin, the OpTic Texas Bundle, currently sits at #125 on an expanded list of Steam’s top sellers, suggesting that it’s not just demand for generic CDL skins that’s driving sales of LA Thieves. “I can assure you that these team packs are generally not very popular,” says a writer from esports site EarlyGame. “But the LA Thieves kit is almost all black, and it’s becoming popular for all the wrong reasons… It’s going to end well…”

The story repeats itself ?

It’s not the first time that Call of Duty The community addressed “purely cosmetic” DLCs that gave players a potential competitive advantage. Early 2021, war zone gamers everywhere complained about the almost all-black “Roze” skin, which dominated tournaments and that at least one popular streamer said “ruined” the game.

After promising a fix in April, developer Raven Software finally made the Roze skin a bit brighter in a June 2021 game update. The skin increased its brightness again, this time by 70%, in a May 2022 update which, according to CharlieIntel, was “intended to ensure his outfit remains fully visible during intense firefights.”

After only a few days of availability, the LA Thieves skin is already receiving many comparisons to Roze and complaints about “Roze 2.0”. A popular streamer even filed a complaint on Twitter that the new skin is “sort of darker than Roze was in [Warzone].”The LA Thieves “knew what they were doing with this one,” they added in a follow-up tweet.

Some players have suggested that the improved lighting and lighter colored desert maps Warzone 2.0 means an all-black skin will provide less benefit this time around. But it is far from being a universal feeling. “The game is fast, anything that doesn’t move is very hard to identify as a threat unless it’s very obvious,” as one Redditor pointed out. “If you don’t wear bright colors, it works.”

As eventually happened with Roze, Raven Software and Activision could again nerf this new all-black skin to reduce its perceived in-game visibility advantage. But such a change seems unlikely to result in refunds for all players. players who are currently making the skin a surprise bestseller. As always, buyer beware.

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