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In the age of the Internet, it's tough to steal design ideas and not get caught. Publisher Electronic Arts was recently accused of stealing tank designs from Games Workshop for its upcoming free-to-play game Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances.
A thread published on Reddit compared some of the designs to those found in Warhammer 40,000, and they looking strikingly similar. EA contends the designs were only used internally, however, and there are no plans to use them in the actual game.
Below is the publisher's statement sent to Game Informer:
Games Workshop and EA are aware of the IP issues around the artwork in question, which have now been resolved. The artwork was internal EA concept art that was unintentionally released publicly.
No Warhammer 40,000 tanks have ever made an appearance in Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances, and never will. Games Workshop and EA continue to have a strong relationship working together on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and the new free to play game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes which just entered open beta.
Warhammer is so cool, I'd copy it too!
The Baneblade... how many times have my ranks of warriors been swallowed in their continuous large blast templates.
Ordinance. To the first degree.
But, when Games-Workshop brought forth such an amazing universe so many years ago, didn't they realize this would happen? It already has, and more than likely will again!.
What's next, we're going to see NOD-run Land Raiders? I know it's a good tank but come on...
I hope EA didn't steal someone else's ideas.
Do people freak out when Activision uses a "Generic American" model from "Generic Wars of Death Carnage Six"?
Not using original work of the C&C as inspiration and instead using another series as inspiration is more or less spiting in the fans faces both.
I would copy that design, too if I were them. who wouldn't want that tank on their side?
That is an exact replica! What the frick C&C!? I trusted you...
"EA in charge of original design"