Pitchford Reaches Out to Artist After Borderlands 2 Kerfuffle
UK Artist Olly Moss is known for his silhouette-heavy illustrations. You might remember his work from the cover of the Resistance 3 (way at the bottom); he’s also well-known in pop art circles. Art in his style also appears on the inside cover of the Borderlands 2 box, but it wasn’t created by Moss — even though the work actually includes bits of one of Moss’s works.
Moss tweeted about the box on his Twitter account, saying that Gearbox was one of his favorite developers and he wished he’d been contacted to make the interior artwork for the box, rather than having something very similar to his signature work appear with the game. At first, Moss said, he thought the image was just homage to his style, but then a follower of Moss’s on Twitter pointed out that an element in the Borderlands 2 piece, which looks like a winding desert path, was actually lifted from a commissioned poster design Moss created for The Empire Strikes Back.
Though he never accused Gearbox of plagiarism, Moss did retweet the images, and that got the attention of Kotaku — and suddenly the story blew up, much to Moss’s public dismay on Twitter. He didn’t intend to make an issue of the situation, he said, but that’s what happened.
In follow-up, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford contacted Moss via Twitter, saying the following: “You’re amazing. Inspiration is part of art and you’ve inspired us. But the bit that was lifted is uncool, so… consequences,” and “We should be working together to do it right and legit.”
For his part, Moss responded, “Haha! This whole thing is so far from a big deal. I wish I’d never even said anything.”