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How "Cosmetic" DLC Became "Pay to Win" Camouflage in Some Online Shooters



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How "Cosmetic" DLC Became "Pay to Win" Camouflage in Some Online Shooters
 

 
How "Cosmetic" DLC Became "Pay to Win" Camouflage in Some Online Shooters

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Roze's "Rook" skin in Call of Duty: Warzone drapes the player head to toe in black.


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A January Twitch Rivals tournament features teams full of nothing but Rook-skinned Roze players.


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A YouTuber highlights just how hard it is to spot a Rook-skinned Roze, even in well-lit areas.


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Some players have taken to spray-painting Roze players pre-match to ensure they're at least visible until their first deaths.


When it comes to in-game DLC and microtransactions, developers and players often take pains to draw a bright line between purely "cosmetic" DLC—which lets users pay optional money to change their in-game appearance—and DLC that impacts competitive gameplay stats—raising the specter of the dreaded "pay-to-win" upgrade. Recently, though, purchasable outfits in some high-profile shooters have ended up giving players a distinct in-game advantage, blurring the line between cosmetic and pay-to-win items.

The latest example of this problem comes from Call of Duty: Warzone. Last year, players who purchased the Season 5 premium battle pass and reached Tier 100 in the game could earn access to an all-black "Rook" skin for the character Roze.

As you can see in the images above, that skin covers the player from head to toe in skintight black fabric, even including black facepaint around the eyes. It's a striking "black ops" look in isolation, but during a game, it can make a player nearly invisible when they're hiding in the abundant dark corners in many maps.

Some players have called attention to the skin's overwhelming popularity in the game, including a $250,000 Twitch Rivals tournament in January that featured teams full of black-clad Rozes (and featured its own separate cheating controversy). Others have been highlighting the skin's low visibility in videos for months. Some have even taken to tagging the black-clad players with spray paint pre-match, ensuring that they'll at least be highly visible until their first in-game death.

"The Roze skin is ruining Warzone," popular streamer Jack "CouRage" Dunlop tweeted last month. "It should 100% be removed from the game. It’s impossible to see players in shadows."

Learning From History

Last week, months after the skin was first introduced, Warzone developer Raven Software finally publicly addressed the complaints, promising that a vague "adjustment to Roze" will be "coming soon." While many have been calling for the complete removal of the skin, some expect the developer will simply adjust it to make players more visible rather than completely taking away an in-game item players have paid for.

Raven could have likely avoided this entire problem if it had paid a bit more attention to recent Fortnite history, though. Back in 2019, that game's toy-army-man-styled "Plastic Patroller" skin let players blend in seamlessly with certain green parts of the map, causing gameplay problems until Epic tweaked its appearance months later.

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More recently, in January, an all-black variation of the Season 4 "Superhero" skin let players easily hide in the shadows. While that problem could be mitigated with tweaked visual settings on PC, console players were stuck facing near-invisible opponents hiding in shadowy corners on the map until Epic modified the skin's visibility options in a February update.

Other shooter developers have also struggled with balancing their games' visual and lighting effects with the practicalities of opponent visibility. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive introduced a "Boost Player Contrast" settings option last June and edited some maps to "create local contrast so that characters stand out from the background." Back in 2017, Ubisoft similarly updated the lighting model in Rainbow Six: Siege, in response to complaints about oversaturated areas creating limited contrast and visibility.

Finding the right balance between a strong visual style and an easy-to-read, playable game has always been a challenge for game makers. In the age of DLC microtransactions, though, one thing is becoming clear: when it comes to competitive online shooters, the difference between a cosmetic item and a piece of gameplay-ruining camouflage can be a very fine line if a developer isn't careful.
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 4 weeks ago '17        #2
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Idk who fault this but I’m blaming Sony
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 4 weeks ago '15        #3
voltron 
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 SPdaGOAT said
Idk who fault this but I’m blaming Sony
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 4 weeks ago '20        #4
D1dnt read 
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 SPdaGOAT said
Idk who fault this but I’m blaming Sony

more anti consumer sh*t from jimothy

 4 weeks ago '11        #5
socal511  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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the update today is supposed to “fix” it
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 4 weeks ago '07        #6
KeepinItTrill 
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Activision knew what they were doing with that bullsh*t Roze operator skin

worst company in the history of video games
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 4 weeks ago '12        #7
Pleasure Boy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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I legit dont play online shooters anymore... Last time I played an online shooter was Destiny 1... And then they came out with all the DLC content and I never went back... I'm not paying a single company extra money for DLC content
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 4 weeks ago '13        #8
PaperBoy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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thats fu*ked up. You cant even see them at first glance
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 4 weeks ago '10        #9
pacman45  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 SPdaGOAT said
Idk who fault this but I’m blaming Sony
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 4 weeks ago '21        #10
Young Defiant 
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Anybody that thinks this cosmetic is a pay to win clearly sucks at the game.
You also need your eyes checked.
Imagine using this as a excuse.
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 4 weeks ago '06        #11
Be Easy 
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I hate when good people play with that skin

game really ain’t been fun since zombie royale

 4 weeks ago '21        #12
Young Defiant 
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 Be Easy said
I hate when good people play with that skin

game really ain’t been fun since zombie royale
You just suck at the game bro..........
may have to consider that.
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 4 weeks ago '21        #13
Young Defiant 
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 SPdaGOAT said
Idk who fault this but I’m blaming Sony
You gone cry to them because you suck at the game?....
damn that's tuff.
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 4 weeks ago '21        #14
Young Defiant 
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 PaperBoy said
thats fu*ked up. You cant even see them at first glance
You can see them very clearly,
you just suck at the game bro....just say that.
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 4 weeks ago '19        #15
Anomic  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 KeepinItTrill said
Activision knew what they were doing with that bullsh*t Roze operator skin

worst company in the history of video games
Ubisoft >>>>>>>>

Nothing but filler content then they make u pay so u dont gotta waste all them hours grinding SMH
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 4 weeks ago '06        #16
Be Easy 
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 Young Defiant said
You just suck at the game bro..........
may have to consider that.
I don’t even play anymore and prolly still have better stats than you

 4 weeks ago '13        #17
PaperBoy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Young Defiant said
You can see them very clearly,
you just suck at the game bro....just say that.
Dont ever mention me again you fu*kin bum

 4 weeks ago '21        #18
Young Defiant 
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 PaperBoy said
Dont ever mention me again you fu*kin bum
fake a*s j cole fan, come in here with that casual I suck at the game sh*t so I'm gone make excuses......
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 4 weeks ago '13        #19
PaperBoy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Young Defiant said
fake a*s j cole fan, come in here with that casual I suck at the game sh*t so I'm gone make excuses......
n*gga Ill slice ya face from ya ear to ya nose pu**y. Easily. Leave u on the ground face swollen and cant even talk .You class of 21 k*ll yaself


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 4 weeks ago '17        #20
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Young Defiant said
You gone cry to them because you suck at the game?....
damn that's tuff.
I swear I would be way better at this game if only I could play it on Gamepass. Jim Ryan is out to destroy me as a gamer smh.

Now let my tears fill up oceans in peace

 4 weeks ago '21        #21
Young Defiant 
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 PaperBoy said
n*gga Ill slice ya face from ya ear to ya nose pu**y. Easily. Leave on the ground face swollen .You class of 21 k*ll yaself
that's the gayest comeback I ever heard...
and you guarantee pu**y in real life.

You should take yourself more seriously.
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 4 weeks ago '13        #22
PaperBoy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Young Defiant said
that's the gayest comeback I ever heard...
and you guarantee pu**y in real life.

You should take yourself more seriously.
Pull up.

 4 weeks ago '15        #23
DamianDragunov 
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I remember I had the marijuana ghillie suit once: I loved it.

 4 weeks ago '21        #24
Young Defiant 
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 PaperBoy said
Pull up.
n*gga getting lamer and lamer each reply.
stop inviting n*ggas over to your momma crib.
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 4 weeks ago '13        #25
PaperBoy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Young Defiant said
n*gga getting lamer and lamer each reply.
stop inviting n*ggas over to your momma crib.
Last time imma say it.

Pull up
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