Call of Duty has embraced the whimsical with its latest addition, the Bath Time skin, featuring a rubber ducky theme as part of a larger bundle. This move aligns with the game's ongoing strategy of mixing realistic mil-sim skins with more fantastical options, catering to a diverse player base.
Skins have become a pivotal aspect of the Call of Duty experience, sparking debate among fans who vary in their preferences for mil-sim authenticity or colorful and imaginative outfits. In a bid to strike a balance, Call of Duty consistently introduces both grounded and outlandish skins, mirroring the approach taken by Fortnite, a game renowned for its diverse skin styles. Last year, Call of Duty even ventured into the realm of streamer-themed skins, mirroring Fortnite's influence.
The recent addition to the Call of Duty store is the Wildlife Wanted: Rubber Duck bundle, priced at 1800 CoD Points (approximately $18). The bundle includes the attention-grabbing Bath Time skin, along with the Rubber Rampage Pulemyot 762 blueprint, The Ducky DM56 blueprint, a What the Duck weapon sticker, the Duck This calling card, the Quackin' Up weapon charm, and the Bath Time emblem. The controversial Bath Time skin, featuring a yellow and black ensemble crowned with a rubber duck head, sparked discussions within the community.
Despite some controversy, many fans supported Call of Duty's decision to introduce more whimsical skins, recognizing the game as an entertainment platform. Notably, the Wildlife Wanted bundle's affordability, compared to other bundles often priced higher, is attributed to the absence of tracer weapons—a relief for fans following a previous bundle's release with a higher price tag.
In addition to the Bath Time skin, Call of Duty has dealt with recent skin drama surrounding the Gaia skin, which faced visibility issues upon its initial release. The development team has since addressed the problem with a reworked version.
Looking ahead, leaks suggest that a Warhammer 40K-themed event could find its way into Modern Warfare 3, potentially bringing dark and outlandish skins to the forefront. As the game continues to evolve, Call of Duty enthusiasts can anticipate a diverse array of skins catering to various tastes and preferences.