17/06/2021 Added a video of the Roze skin in-game to show the extent of the nerf
Let’s take a minute to talk about the heroes of Call of Duty. Captain Price would top any respectable CoD fan’s list, but John ‘Soap’ MacTavish’s dulcet Scottish tones come a close second. And that’s before you get to the villains, anti-heroes, or more niche characters to have graced the franchise.
And then there’s Rozlin ‘Roze’ Helms. Now, we’ve got nothing against her character, she seems as sound as a violent soldier willing to do anything in order to defeat her enemies can possibly be. Our problem with Roze, and the problem that Warzone fans across the world have had with her for some time, is her Rook battle pass skin.
If you bought the battle pass in Modern Warfare Season 5, and successfully grinded to tier 100, then you have access to Roze’s legendary Rook skin. It’s a completely black affair, perfect for her stealth missions. However, it’s too perfect, and players utilising the skin are nigh impossible to see, especially if they hide in corners of buildings or camp in the shadows.
The all-black skin has become popular with the sweatiest players imaginable, and often results in infuriating deaths when, even if you’ve checked your corners, you’re surprised by a burst of gunfire from the shadows. However, all that could be about to change.
In the latest Call of Duty: Warzone patch notes, nestled among a whole host of Season 4 weapon buffs and nerfs and battle pass information, is one sentence that could change Roze’s fate forever. “Roze’s Rook skin has received material updates to increase visibility,” says developer Raven Software.
First look at Roze in Warzone Season 4.
I don’t have a clue what they have apparently changed pic.twitter.com/XLacWigsGw
— 𝙁𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙛𝙪𝙡 🏴 (@Faithful___HD) June 17, 2021
The skin doesn’t look very different in the menus, but in-game it is far lighter, more of a grey than completely black. While we were hoping that she glowed in the dark or put a high-vis jacket on when she sits in a corner, this change looks pretty big. You can see for yourself in this in-game footage:
THEY FIXED THE ROZE SKIN!!!! pic.twitter.com/nnor5TrPXw
— OpTic Hitch (@hitchariide) June 17, 2021
The real test will be when she sits in a corner, however Warzone players will be thankful if they can see their opponents more clearly and that the paid-for skin doesn’t offer any kind of in-game advantage.