Treyarch Stole Black Ops 2 DLC Art, YouTuber Alleges (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Jaxendale’s YouTube channel deleted his YouTube account late yesterday, and the original video is gone. Jaxendale told Game Front he received a number of “insane threats” from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 fans, several of which frightened him to the point where he thought it would be safer to delete his account, at least for the time being.

In the meantime, we found a mirror, embedded above.


The above video makes a pretty big claim: that Treyarch “stole” (as in stole your bike, your phone; thievery) some art concepts and the overall design for a map titled “Origins,” part of Black Ops 2′s upcoming Apocalypse DLC.

Go ahead and watch the video yourself, it’s pretty short. But if you can’t be bothered, here’s the basic accusation:

There’s an artist named Francisco Fruiz. He apparently designed some concept art for the film Pacific Rim. He’s quite good, from what I can tell.

He also made pictures of a giant robot fighting old timey planes. Those pictures can be found here, and here.

In the video, YouTube director (and Call of Duty fan page administrator) Jaxendale builds a pretty involved case alleging that Treyarch outright stole the art/concept/design. In fact, Fruiz himself made that accusation as well on his blog.

You can watch the Apocalypse trailer below to compare the two works for yourself.

Jaxendale’s video is picking up some traction on forums, and the conversation seems pretty split. There seems to be three groups: A) “I’m boycotting Treyarch until the universe turns to dust.” B) “It isn’t stolen, it’s a coincidence, and if anything the original art looks like The Iron Giant.” C) “It probably is stolen, or maybe it isn’t, but I don’t care at all either way.”

We’ve reached out to Activision as well as Francisco Fruiz to request comments, and will update the story if new information comes in.


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12 Comments on Treyarch Stole Black Ops 2 DLC Art, YouTuber Alleges (UPDATE)

WFaffer

On August 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I can see the rather obvious similarities but such is the issue with art. Everything has been done before. I’ll be interested to see how this turns out but I can say it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a great big coincidence. As a student in an art related course, I actually had a very recent project where I discovered towards the end my work was eerily similar to someone elses work. I’d never seen their work before, or if I had I certainly didn’t remember it. We had simply come up with the same basic idea for starting and because we both would have then gone through the same resources for fleshing out that idea (looking through reference images on google images) we by chance had ended up with a very similar end result. I of course changed my final work, I was uncomfortable with the matter even if I knew it was coincidental, but it was quite interesting.
I’m certainly not saying they must be innocent on this matter, but these things do happen. And lets face it, if you look for images on giant robots, you’re gonna find a lot of similar designs.

PSNtwoquiik20

On August 20, 2013 at 1:37 am

cmon guys r u serious??? HOW CAN TREYARCH STEAL AN IDEA THATS BEEN AN IDEA SINCE BEFORE BO2??? (which as we all know released around the time of fruiz picture)now as for the artwork it does seem similar and i wouldnt be surprised if they used it for there idea that has been in the making for the past years but as for fruiz actually winning a lawsuit against treyarch without more solid proof that they stole the artwork..i dont see that happening.. but gd luck i will be following this story

Jordan

On August 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

Mate you said the robot was the same bar a few details like the face and hands…. Aren’t all robots fairly similar… Yes a 1000ft robot is abit coincidental but der riese is German for the giant and that was with the same characters so they’ve prob had a robot in mind for a long time.. As for the planes it’s ww2 you idiot there not going to put f-16 fighter jets in their and how can you steal an image of a trench… A trench is a trench can’t get much different… Lightning has been in a few maps now it’s got noting to do with this artist.. Why would trey arch employ hundreds of people to just you-tube something. Beside how can you say don’t buy the map so what if they did look at this picture the picture docent make a game… Do you think they download the picture on a disc and you can just play it.. You are such a idiot

Jordan

On August 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

Mate you said the robot was the same bar a few details like the face and hands…. Aren’t all robots fairly similar… Yes a 1000ft robot is abit coincidental but der riese is German for the giant and that was with the same characters so they’ve prob had a robot in mind for a long time.. As for the planes it’s ww2 you idiot there not going to put f-16 fighter jets in their and how can you steal an image of a trench… A trench is a trench can’t get much different… Lightning has been in a few maps now it’s got noting to do with this artist.. Why would trey arch employ hundreds of people to just you-tube something. Beside how can you say don’t buy the map so what if they did look at this picture the picture docent make a game… Do you think they download the picture on a disc and you can just play it.. You are such a idiot

Me

On August 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

Ok I can see the similarities but then I see differences as well.

B

On August 20, 2013 at 10:40 am

IF it was really stolen he should’ve contacted a lawyer and not made a youtube video.

Cory

On August 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

yeah dude your hella dumb eveerryybody is still gonna get this map nobody cares about some random ass dudes pictures besides they can create a whole map based on a little picture cause then people can say that this idiot fruz guy just stole the iron giant idea and just made it look a lot better see how dumb does that sound

Cory

On August 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

also nobody even know what the whole map even looks like you just going off of like a min trailer not smart of you or that fruniz idiot

Rictofen

On August 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Okay, in every single game that takes place during The World War, your going to see tanks, fighter jets, and trenches and that bad weather. Even in the Movies do they have all these attributes in them. Does that mean that they also stole from Fruiz? Treyarch have been planning this giant for a while because of the map “Der Riese” which translates to “The Giant”. So, no Treyarch won’t get punished for “stealing” since this map has technically had its idea around for a while. I’m still going to get the map. Map drops in about a week!

Sammeh

On August 22, 2013 at 1:32 am

Treyarch didnt steal the art. The eyes on their robot are yellow because of the storyline (maxis in control of zombies at this time). And that guys robot is a frankenstein robot fighting planes in the air in 1918. The robot that Treyarch designed for the game, is a zombie robot. Or it may be a defense system made by the nazis. You never know really until the dlc is released. Everyone can accuse treyarch for stealing ideas from the public, they can accuse movie directors and song writers and anyone else. But every idea these people create are different in their own ways! This guy just might be jealous his awesome robot didnt make it off paper before treyarch’s did. Its just like Angry birds, and then Angry kittys. Same thing pretty much, but different by look and gameplay. So just get over it and move on is my suggestion. Treyarch is an amazing studio, and im pretty sure they didnt steal art from a person they probably never heard of until now. Mkay thanks.
-SJB

Don88

On August 22, 2013 at 5:45 am

Oh my god i didn’t expect so many idiotic call of duty fans defending treyarch on this website, usually used to more intelligent comments on gamefront. The amount of “coincidences” like you call them is way too high for it to just be by chance, this is obviously stealing…

cosioh

On February 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Don88 you dumbass