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EA Explains Copied Warhammer 40K Designs

by Jim Reilly on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

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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.