In the second half of November, PUBG Mobile introduced two new skins: the Violet Blossom and Foxy Suit sets. Designed by players Siham Bouyerbou and Atlanta De Guzman, these two premium offerings have already made a splash in a game littered with hundreds of cosmetics and millions of potential clothing combinations. And although some are already calling the Foxy Suit the best skin there is, others have noted that it doesn’t quite look as advertised.
Pop into PUBG Mobile right now and you’ll see a bunch of promotional material for the two new skins. The Cyber Week event is, presumably, the game’s idea of a Black Friday sale. Both the Foxy Suit and Violet Blossom skins feature prominently, with the latter (and arguably best) being much easier to obtain. Where one sits behind a gacha box at the end of a string of daily quests, the Foxy Suit can essentially be trialed for free.
Just complete a few of the quests and you can don the full outfit for between three days and a full week without going through the pain of unlocking it permanently. That alone is enough to turn this cutesy suit into PUBG Mobile‘s potential new mascot. Move over, PUBG Man, there’s a long line of fox folk ready to battle it out across Erangel and beyond.
But it’s not all good news. The Foxy Suit isn’t quite as charismatic as it looks in the pictures. Whether it’s the angle of the shot or just a discrepancy from the art team, the game’s best new skin — which was designed by a player, just to be clear — doesn’t look the same in person as it does in the promo shots. And people are beginning to take note.
Would be nice if the ears were actually that big in game pic.twitter.com/HFzjZFhcox
— Fox358 ???? (@elZorro358) November 27, 2021
Tap into the Twitter post bigging up the new skins and their creators and you’ll see a handful of disgruntled and confused furry fans. Ironically coming from someone with the screen name “Fox358,” the user points out that the ears on the Foxy Suit aren’t nearly as tall as they look in the photos. Rather than look like a mischievous vixen, the actual in-game equivalent borders on a sad little Scottish Fold kitty. Now that’s not a bad thing, per se. That’s another skin I’d personally love to pull for. But it is a shame to see someone’s contest-winning artistic endeavor translated so clumsily into the game.
But hey, at least we know the creator was credited: unlike that time PUBG Mobile thought the word “Hypnospace” wasn’t just the name of an award-winning indie game. In that case, it just so happened that the person translating the Golden Diva skin name from the Chinese version of the game was a fan of Jay Tholen’s Hypnospace Outlaw. Seeing the similarities, they decided on the name of the skin without considering the consequences. Jay, not wanting his game to be associated with PUBG Mobile‘s divisive lootboxes, tweeted about his concerns. Despite being warned that it wasn’t likely to get a response, the tweet went viral enough to spur the localization team into changing the name.
It’s not really the same situation, but it would be good to know whether or not Siham Bouyerbou is happy with how their art was treated by the PUBG Mobile team. The only thing worse than not winning an art contest is presumably your winning result than being disrespected in front of millions of people. We’ve reached out to the artist to find out how they feel.
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