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Electronic Arts (EA) has resolved accusations that it was plagiarising tank designs for its free-to-play Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances game.

Electronic Arts (EA) has resolved accusations that it was plagiarising tank designs for its free-to-play Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances game.

 
The developer came up with concept art for its Grinder and Bombard tanks that was remarkably similar to that of the Bonecruncha and Baneblade tanks in Game's Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 franchise, sparking complaints by gamers that it was plagiarising the designs.
 
EA said that the artwork was “unintentionally released publicly” and was only ever intended as “internal EA concept art.” Of course, that begs the question why it bothered to employ artists to copy artwork that it would never use and if it's still plagiarism even if the studio does not use it in the finished product.
 
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“No Warhammer 40,000 tanks have ever made an appearance in Command and Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, and never will," a spokesperson for EA stated. "Games Workshop and EA continue to have a strong relationship working together on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and the new free to play game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, which just entered open beta."
 
EA said it has already resolved the intellectual property issues with Games Workshop, but did not reveal what this might entail. It might have had to make a payout or simply provide guarantees to Games Workshop that it won't steal its artwork again in the future.
 
Source: GamesIndustry
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