Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is Temporarily Disabling One Controversial Skin


  • Sledgehammer Games will temporarily disable the controversial “Groot” skin in an upcoming Modern Warfare 3 update to make adjustments.
  • Some Call of Duty fans are relieved by this decision, while others are not receptive to the skin being disabled.
  • There is a polarizing debate among players about the Gaia skin, with some calling for its removal and others arguing it highlights a skill issue in the community.

Sledgehammer Games confirms that the controversial “Groot” skin will be temporarily disabled in an upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 update as the studio works toward implementing some adjustments. Many Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players are relieved by Sledgehammer Games’ decision, but other Call of Duty fans aren’t as receptive about the skin being disabled.

Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer game modes were received positively by many returning Call of Duty fans, but there’s still room for improvement over the course of the next year. Skill-based matchmaking continues to be a point of contention among devoted players in the community, and the Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone’s Gaia skin for the Nova operator is a persistent issue in Modern Warfare 3. Despite its Groot-like appearance, the Gaia skin is hard to spot on certain maps, giving players an unfair advantage in multiplayer. Infinity Ward made adjustments to the Gaia Skin during The Haunting event in Modern Warfare 2, but many fans argue that not enough changes were made to the skin to increase its visibility. Sledgehammer Games is listening to player feedback about the skin as the studio prepares adjustments of its own.

CharlieIntel shared an excerpt from a Reddit AMA held by Sledgehammer Games, which confirms that the Groot-inspired Gaia and Gaia Blackcell operator skins will be disabled in a future Modern Warfare 3 update. The skin will be disabled until the developers finalize adjustments to the Groot skin, and a timeframe for the new update was not revealed. Although many are pleased with the Gaia skin being disabled, others are still in favor of the skin remaining active in Modern Warfare 3.

In CharlieIntel’s replies, some Twitter users continue to call for the Groot skin’s outright removal from Modern Warfare 3, despite the skin being a major reward from the paid Battle Pass for Modern Warfare 2 Season 6. Other Call of Duty fans argue that the skin highlights a “skill issue” for some players in the community, so it’s clear that the Gaia skin will continue to be a polarizing topic in the coming weeks.

The new Modern Warfare 3 update gives Sledgehammer Games time to remedy one of Call of Duty’s mistakes from The Haunting event. With major adjustments, the Gaia skin could be re-enabled in the future without players needing to worry about not being able to see their opponents in Modern Warfare 3. However, Sledgehammer Games may want to ensure fans that the skin’s unique design will not be compromised in the update, since notable changes could anger players who paid for the Battle Pass earlier in the season.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023)

Set for a November 10, 2023 release, Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023) continues Captain Price’s story from the 2019 and 2022 games. 

Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4, Xbox One

November 10, 2023

Sledgehammer Games


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Source: Gamerant

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