Due to an error in the design of a Call of Duty Warzone skin, players were able to become almost completely invisible. As a result of a strike by Raven Software’s quality assurance team, the problem has reportedly arisen, and Activision Blizzard leadership has reportedly not responded to the department’s concerns.
A glitch in the Awoken skin for Call of Duty character Francis (unlocked at Level 100 of the current Battle Pass) has been discovered, according to CharlieIntel, which renders players completely invisible at certain distances except for a glowing orange mask. By its very nature, the glitch provides players who use the skin with an unfair advantage in the game, leading some to label it an unintended ‘pay-to-win’ mechanic in the game.
The issue is shown in the video below:
As a result of ongoing strikes at Activision Blizzard (including those affecting Warzone developer Raven Software’s quality assurance department) and holiday breaks for those working on the game, the issue has gained widespread public attention. Development work will, unavoidably, have slowed during that time period.
Given that the layoffs of quality assurance contractors – workers who are specifically hired to catch and help eliminate glitches, among other tasks – were the focus of the walkouts at Raven, many within the company and beyond will likely point to this issue as evidence of why QA workers are so important.
As of January 4, the ABK Workers Alliance confirmed that the strikes have entered their third week and that the union’s leadership has made no response to the situation. According to a new letter from the Raven Quality Assurance department, it is necessary to discuss the layoffs and to reiterate the need for full-time positions for all QA employees, including the contractors who were laid off earlier this month.