Mobile Game Steals ‘Final Fantasy VI’ Name, Hits App Store
Want to see something ridiculous? Pop into the iTunes App Store and search for “Final Fantasy VI.” Or just go here.
What you’ll find is a game that is about an inch from being pulled from the store, just as soon as Square Enix gets wind of its existence and starts making angry calls to Apple’s homebase in Cupertino, California.
The game is Final Fantasy VI – Death Runner, a fairly crappy endless running game that seems to have no fear of the legal might of the traditional video game industry. No, the Final Fantasy VI part has nothing to do with the game, and Death Runner doesn’t even actually borrow any assets or set itself in a similar time period as RPG classic (it actually looks all futury) — it’s just using the name to piggyback on Final Fantasy VI’s search numbers.
The game has also slightly adjusted the box art from Capcom’s GameCube title PN03. Take a look below.
The App Store is no stranger to blatant plagiarism and the theft of intellectual property, but this is something else entirely. Apple, seriously — it’s getting ridiculous. You’re in the video game business now, so you should probably hire someone who something about it. Hell, at least run a Google search on apps before you just blindly hit the “Approved” button, please.
And just as an aside, don’t download Final Fantasy VI – Death Runner, because it ranges from mediocre to terrible. That’s one dollar I’m never getting back.