Limbo in limbo after plagiarism outcry

Tri Synergy pulls Majestic Studios' controversy-laden adventure game from online and retail stores after screenshot comparison furor.


Thief: Deadly Shadows
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Limbo of the Lost

When it saw limited release back in September, point-and-click adventure game Limbo of the Lost didn't exactly make the headlines. Now, the Majestic Studios-developed game is famous for all the wrong reasons.

Yesterday, screenshots from the game emerged showing a number of environments that bore a remarkable resemblance to some from Bethesda Softworks' role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Others also appeared to highly resemble scenes from Eidos' action adventure Thief: Deadly Shadows.

Publisher Tri Synergy responded yesterday to the shots, saying that it was unaware of the similarity, and was unable to reach the game's developer. Now, it has announced that it will no longer be distributing the game to online or brick-and-mortar outlets.

"Tri Synergy is just as shocked as everyone else is by the recent screenshot comparisons," said the publisher in a statement. "At no point during our dealings with Majestic Studios up until the point that the comparison was first publicly made by a third party did we have any knowledge of these similarities."

The publisher added that it had contacted developer Majestic and was "anxiously awaiting their response." A further statement will follow once the response has been received.

Limbo of the Lost is a PC adventure game, which features protagonist Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs exploring the realm of Limbo and attempting to steal a book from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

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