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If this headline feels familiar that’s because it almost certainly is. Last week we reported that Call of Duty Warzone was facing issues with a skin that was accidentally causing players to turn almost completely invisible. Now, only a week later, players are once again reporting that enemies in the game are disappearing before their eyes.
As spotted by VGC, the issue of invisible skins in Call of Duty Warzone appears to have once again returned. Following reports from the community, Raven Associate Community Manager Austin O’Brien has publicly highlighted the issue on the game’s community Trello board and Raven has stated that it is looking into the problem.
— Raven Software (@RavenSoftware) January 10, 2022
While the Awoken skin for Call of Duty operator Francis may have plagued the community over the Christmas break, Raven’s latest update to the game was supposedly set to fix the issue. Instead, players on social media have been reporting further glitches with other operators, as can be seen in the clip below by Reddit user andrewkbmx, where the player faces off against a Wraith operator skin that is mostly obscured.
Warzone’s most recent bout of invisible skin glitches isn’t the first time that the game has sported similar problems. Last year, Charlie Intel reported that the Legendary Ghillie Suit that came as part of the game’s paid-for Ekolo bundle was prone to its own exploits. Similar to the current issues facing players in the game, the level of the character’s visibility varied depending upon how close in proximity a player was to the enemy controlling the skin.
While Raven has consistently managed to patch out invisible skins from the game, it’s fair to say that some members of the community will be asking how they keep getting into the online shooter in the first place.
With Raven’s QA team and other Activision Blizzard employees now entering their fourth week of strike action, the ongoing issues with character skins couldn’t have fallen at a worse time for players. That being said, given that the strikes are taking place around layoffs made to the studio’s QA contractors, perhaps the ongoing problems perfectly highlight how important the role of QA testers are in the modern age.
For more on Call of Duty Warzone, make sure to check out this piece detailing how Activision recently filed a lawsuit against a popular Call of Duty cheats distributor.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.