Call of Duty’s community was stirred up by the appearance of what was said to be a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 leak that showed off promotional artwork for the game, but that leak has now been debunked after the original image used to create the promo was found. The image that’s been circulating appears to be a creation made by an illustrator and artist that had a Call of Duty logo slapped on it, though not everyone was convinced in the beginning that the leak was legit.
Images like the one below made the rounds within the Call of Duty communities and related forums and showed the “Modern Warfare 4” name positioned underneath the big, bold “Call of Duty” branding. Each times this image made an appearance, people debated on whether it was real or not with some saying it looked believable while many asserted that it looked fake. It had a slightly beaten up look to it like the artwork was printed out and someone took a quick picture of it, a common practice when it comes to “leaks” that may or may not be true.
Those who thought the image to be a fake appear to be correct though after the source for the base image was found on ArtStation. René Aigner, a 2D artist and illustrator, is responsible for the base image featuring the soldiers and their weapons that was repurposed for the Call of Duty image. Aigner posted the project the artist dubbed “Team Echo” on ArtStation several months ago, sans Call of Duty branding. Someone must’ve thought it’d be convincing enough to take that image from the creator’s page and slap a Call of Duty logo on it, and based on the attention it got, it was an effective enough ruse.
It didn’t take long for people to realize the image was fake after it surfaced, though the brief time that it seemed to be real gave hope for Call of Duty fans looking for more info on Modern Warfare 4 or whatever the next game in the series might be called. Leaks about the rumored game first surfaced in mid-2018 with more potential leaks following afterwards, though nothing’s been confirmed at this point.
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