Mobile division unaware of Twisted Pixel's previous pitch to parent company, hopes to "rebuild the trust" of gaming community.
Earlier this week, a developer dispute ignited as members of Twisted Pixel Games took umbrage at the recently released Capcom Mobile title MaXplosion, which they thought bore an uncanny resemblance to their own Splosion Man. Adding fuel to the fire was the revelation from Twisted Pixel CEO Mike Wilford that the studio had originally pitched Splosion Man to Capcom, only to have the publisher pass on it.
Capcom Mobile today responded to the situation, providing the following statement to GameSpot:
"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."
As of press time, MaXplosion was still available on iTunes, and Capcom Mobile has not responded to requests for comment on whether it would be pulled or altered in any way.
As I said previously, "Imitation is the greatest form of compliment. As long as you do your idea better than anybody else, it'll sell better."
What's sad is that in this case a big company is ripping off a smaller one. I m ean come on... Do Capcom really need revenue from a small game that bad? Do they have no pride at all?
Games get ripped off all the time, not really a big deal, they all end up failing anyway. The Great Giana Sisters was an exact clone of Super Mario Bros. Art of Fighting ripped off Street Fighter big time. I am sure there are more of you can name more than a few.
I have little doubt the message they sent to Gamespot is sincere. But it doesn't matter if they are sincere or not - what matters is what they're going to do about it. The situation is a shame for both companies, I think.
I love Capcom and all, but the looks of both games clearly looks like they ripped off Splosion Man. Sadly... due to how lawsuits work now days it is all a money game. Who ever has the most money wins. I'm upset with Capcom about this. I would expect better of them.
the question is, is the game similar or close to similar? if it's just the name, then this is stupid.
You can start building up that trust by giving me half off the collector's edition of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
@tastyhalloween: Making a "clone" game that has a totally different art style, plot, and major gameplay differences is acceptable. Making a game with an uncannily identical character, an exact plot ripoff, and the same gameplay is not okay. Regardless of whether "Capcom Mobile" had no idea of the pitch, they knew they were ripping of Splosion Man, just like everyone else does.
Just like in music and movies this type of incident is guaranteed to happen as more software is released. Not surprised whatsoever.
Don't forget the Oblivion rip-off 2 or 3 years ago. Developers can either get lazy or under a time/money crunch and just "borrow".
Stories keep me interested...only thing I hear from those who like half-life are those who made moded levels like sven. Is it interesting for its mod ability? or for its story?
Ok that kind of makes more sense now, because it was really out of character for Capcom to do something like this. They would never do something like this, and jeopardize decades of integrity and fan loyalty,
@tastyhalloween Bored with Half-Life? I don't know what it takes to keep you interested. Half-Life is a true classic and one of (if not THE) best game ever made.
@rattleheadxyz: There are such things as wrong opinions and wrong judgments, when they are based on lies or incomplete information. But honestly if someone on the internet doesn't add "...to me." at the end of their rant, you just have to read it like they did. :) On topic, clearly Capcom thought the concept was good enough for a mobile game. Clearly the mobile division has more leeway to produce a risky product than the console division. Maybe they could have, or did, refer TP to their mobile division? They should be more careful to address this in the future.
@mattinavat as good as half-life? really?...I played that for five mintues and was bored out of my mind...its over hyped lol
i'd be worried people would play maxplosion & not like it, preventing them from playing splosion man which if loads of fun [if a bit annoying in places]
@mjc0961: You're absolutely right. We're all entitled to our opinions and there is no right or wrong opinion. But when someone presents their opinion as fact, or comments on an article essentially saying, "I don't like this, therefore it has no value." It's irritating to say the least. I used Metacritc as an example, just to show that clearly a great many people feel that the game does have value and the fact that Capcom appears to be plagiarising from this game that many people do like, makes this article worthwhile. Of course you don't have to like 'Splosion Man, but maybe, just maybe, others can respect the fact that many people do like the game and want to follow this news-worthy story.
@tastyhalloween I played this other game the other day where something 'sploded! I see it all the time, things exploding in games - they've been ripping off that PS1 game for a long time. I remember that time that the first Zelda on NES ripped off that game by having Link use "bombs". Ha! Those bombs were just like that allergic exploding friend in the PS1 game, just with a different skin. Anyway, w/o blatant rip-offs we wouldn't have any shooters as good as Half-Life. Wait, we don't have any shooters as good as Half-Life. I digress. What was I saying?
Unfortunately Twisted Pixel can't really do much about this. Capcom's going to have to be the one to do the right thing here. As Twisted Pixel's CEO has said, they simply don't have the money to go up against Capcom. It's a ridiculous and completely unfair situation to say the least.
It's a shame such an obvious infringement of copyright can't be enforced simply because the little guy doesn't have more money than the big guy.
It's plagiarism. In publishing this happens constantly; after pitches fail it's often a race to the LoC or relevant body to see whether the creators had patented their work beforehand. It's rampant in children books.
Lol, these guys are making games and don't care to at google their final drafts. Seriously? Rather its plagiarism, I ain't the one to decide, but at least they could make sure there wasn't anything so fresh, similar, and relevant in the market. Shame on them!
Maxsplosion looks pretty poor for an iphone game, this isn't a comment about the similarity but the game looks really basic, plain backgrounds and sparse decoration and that slider control, i cant imagine trying to play with that on my tiny little ipod touch screen.
Okay I do see the similiarities, but in Capcom's defense, there was a ps1 game where you exploded to get by puzzles for at least one level. It was a side scroller too. So If Capcom ripped off Twisted Pixel, then could the same be said about Twisted Pixel ripping off a ps1 game? (I don't remember the game, but the whole point was to torture the villians to get past grinders and such, one of your friends you had to save in a level was allergic to everything so if you picked him up and set him next to something he exploded)
I didn't play maxplosion, but I did play Splosion Man i sincerely I could not see why so much people says it's so great. But it's sad to see a company like Capcom doing something like this anyway, their excuse is one of the lamest arguments they could have used to try to "rebuild the trust of their fans and friends".
Twisted Pixel isn't bothering with a lawsuit because they know people know its a rip off of Splosion Man so there for they won't buy it. And just like the CEO of Twisted Pixel said, "Guess we're just gonna have to make a better iPhone game than them. Shouldn't be hard."
Regardless of whether Capcom Mobile knew of the talks before, their game is a blatant, unabashed ripoff. Not that appropriating the ideas of others is anything new in gaming, but normally its done in a less heavy handed manner.
How can you be a game company and not be aware of the market around you? The fact that the idea was presented to a different division is inconsequential. Splosion Man wasnt a niche game and didnt fly under the radar. People know of the game and the fact that Capcom didnt, or rather "didnt," just shows them as not being aware of the field around them.
@IBleed4Cincy: Well, thanks for clearing that up. You think the game sucks, and of course your opinion is fact. So, you heard the man, remove this article at once! Oh, by the way, this game that sucks has an 84 on Metacritic, I guess they're wrong too.
Everyone here is going to support Twisted Pixel for the simple fact that they are smaller than Capcom. I tink that Capcom are better than Twisted Pixel and Maxplosion will be better than Splosion Man
ehhh, i dont know. they both explode, sure, but maxplosion has more of a Sonic look to him when he bounces around and he's in the 2d side-scroller mobile territory. 'Splosion man destroys things all around him, has a bit more of a puzzle element, and is in the 3d side-scroller console territory. Final Thoughts: Just because they pitched the idea to Capcom doesnt mean that every company that works under Capcom knows about it. If thats considered stealing then what about dantes inferno being similar to god of war or any side-scroller feeling similar to megaman, sonic, super metroid, or mario. Twisted Pixel didnt create the idea of explosions or wall-jumping.
Shame on you Capcom...... SHAME! Im amazed there is no lawsuit I guess some ppl are decent ppl in the gaming world you earned a gold star of respect from me :3
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