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Capcom accused of plagiarism by XBLA dev

MaXplosion labelled "complete theft" by 'Splosion Man creators

Capcom has come under fire for its App Store title MaXplosion, with indie studio Twisted Pixel blasting the Japanese publisher for what it has called "complete theft" of successful XBLA title 'Splosion Man.

'Splosion Man hit XBLA in July 2009 to critical acclaim and proceeded to sell well, becoming part of the US Summer of Arcade deal and hitting the top of the XBLA chart in December last year after a massive price cut.

Capcom's MaXplosion is now live on the App Store for 59p, and shows an uncanny resemblance to the gameplay concepts behind Twisted Pixel's title.

"MaXplosion gameplay video makes me sad," tweeted Twisted Pixel programmer Mike Henry. "If you're going to outright steal a game, you should at least understand what makes it fun," adding later; "Borrowing is great. Hell, we do it all the time. But that game is a complete theft."

Twisted Pixel co-founder Michael Wilford also expressed his concerns via Twitter, telling followers that the idea for 'Splosion Man had actually been pitched to and turned down by Capcom previously.

"Not sure what to say about MaXplosion," he said. "Pisses me off. Guess we're just gonna have to make a better iPhone game than them. Shouldn't be hard," followed by "Best part is, we originally pitched @Splosion_Man to Capcom and they said no."

"I'll always love Capcom bc of what they brought to my childhood, but WTF have they turned into? First they lose Inafune, now this," the developer concluded.

Capcom are refraining from commenting on the issue at present.

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Latest comments (14)

Antony Carter Senior Programmer, Epic Games6 years ago
Wow just watched the video on you tube, haven't seen a knock off as blatant as that since the Amstrad and Spectrum days, Capcom should be massively ashamed, and also worried about being sued.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Antony Carter on 12th January 2011 11:18am

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Tom Keresztes Programmer 6 years ago
Well, if they pitched it to Capcom before, then its going to be very difficult for Capcom to prove they invented it...
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany6 years ago
First they charge for stuff that is already in the disk, now this.

Playing Dead Rising 2 at the moment and having tons of fun... just hope the next one won´t be a 4 people co-op fps with running zombies.
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Bruce Nesbit Programmer 6 years ago
Wow - this truly is a blatant rip-off of Splosion Man.. Shame on you Capcom
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Martin Mathers Copywriter/Journalist 6 years ago
"Capcom are refraining from commenting on the issue at present..."

You forgot the bit on the end where it says: "... because they know they haven't got a leg to stand on." :oD
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Nathan Madsen Composer-Sound Designer 6 years ago
I agree with the other comments - I just watched videos of both games and the similarities are very striking. Couple that with the fact that Twisted Pixel pitched this very game to Capcom... and things are not looking good for Capcom. Bad move Capcom.
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Charlie Moritz Studying Philosophy with Psychology, University of Warwick6 years ago
Jesus Christ how the hell did they think they could get away with that bullcrap? I hope they get slapped upside the head for this... big time! Capcom already locks content on the disk and I'm starting to think the people who make decisions at the company are a bunch of utter morons!
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Errr, the same way Mass Effect copied syd mead's designs?
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C. Ottis Williams Games and Tech Editor, Fayetteville Publishing Company6 years ago
Yer confusing "copied" with "paid homage to". The art director for mass effect flat out said Syd Mead was one the major influences and they loved his art. Syd Mead himself said he really wanted to play the game and was very impressed and "happy to inspire". Google it.
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[link url=http://themainloop.blogspot.com/2007/12/art-of-mass-effect.html
]http://themainloop.blogspot.com/2007/12/...[/link]

There is a big different between inspired by, and copy paste or large sections of a design.
Have a look at existing designs and make your own comparison.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.
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Shaun Farol Studying Computer Information Systems, California Polytechnic State University6 years ago
The thing is game cloning our "homages" are so common on this platform I doubt anyone is suprised by this. I think the issue is that it is not a Gameloft or indie dev ripping a game concept off but WHO is doing this copying. I mean it is Capcom Mobile of all people rather than the Gameloft who we have come to expect this from.
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Josef Brett Animator 6 years ago
Wow. I mean wow. That is just an awful, awful rip off.

Oh dear...
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Peter Bond Studying Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire6 years ago
Oh dear i have lost a load of respect for Capcom now,,,,, -10 pts....
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Andrew Wilson 3D Artist 6 years ago
It's 'Splosion Man after a fun-ectomy. Copy the controls, the level design and just about everything else without maintaining the charm and character that made the XBLA game so great.
I wouldn't be surprised to hear a song about Donuts in there somewhere...
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