Capcom Responds to Twisted Pixel’s ‘Splosion Man Ripoff Tweets
The Capcom mothership has issued a statement about the whole “MaXplosion is a ripoff of ‘Splosion Man” situation, and specifically denies that the company might have lifted the idea for its iPhone platformer after Twisted Pixel brought its game to the company for publishing.
The company responded to the whole situation in an email to Slide To Play. In it, Capcom admits Twisted Pixel brought it ‘Splosion Man, but says Capcom Mobile, the division that handles makes its iOS games, never came into contact with it:
While Twisted Pixel did have discussions with our console game team about publishing ‘Splosion Man’ on game consoles, Capcom Mobile is a different division of Capcom with separate offices and as such, had no prior knowledge of any meetings between the console game team and Twisted Pixel. ‘MaXplosion’ was developed independently by Capcom Mobile. Nonetheless, we are saddened by this situation and hope to rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community.
Twisted Pixel developers got a little upset about MaXplosion on Twitter yesterday, accusing Capcom Mobile of ripping off ‘Splosion Man, but it didn’t come out until a little later that the two companies had interacted regarding the project. The developer also said it doesn’t plan to pursue any kind of legal action against Capcom.
Capcom’s other comment, that it hopes to “rebuild player trust,” is a bit telling. It’s something of an admittance that MaXplosion blatantly steals the concept of another game. That’s an interesting position, especially given that it’s not shared by all: Gameloft’s CEO has gone on the record as basically saying, all’s fair in video game development. His company is pretty well-regarded as a “borrower” of popular console game concepts.
So I’ll put the question to you, the readers: Is MaXplosin a ripoff, and was Capcom Mobile wrong to make it? Or is video game development a process of constantly standing on the shoulders of the Mario Bros. that came before you, and therefore, fair play for the newly formed exploding man genre?
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