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Video game studio says Kalashnikov stole MP-155 Ultima design

Two views of the shotgun

Oceanic Mastodon Shotgun
image: Oceanic

Word B, future FPS developers Oceanic, Russian weapons maker Kalashnikov has accused him of stealing one of the new shotgun weapon designs on the market altogether.

In an interview with IGNMarcellino Sauceda, CEO of Ward B, said a Kalashnikov representative contacted them earlier last year and said the company loved the studio’s weapon design and wanted to collaborate. Oceanic’s Shotgun design — Mastodon — and turn it into a real firearm.

Ward B says they were promised that full credit, the weapon logo, and even the finished product would be shipped to their office. While enthusiastic about signing the contract, Sauceda says they never appeared when it was time to actually sign the contract, and there was no further communication between the parties.

So Sauceda was surprised to see Kalashnikov go ahead and release his own “weapon kit.” He feels a lot like Mastodon, just without credit or collaboration.

Mastodon looks like this, As designed by artist Gankhulug Narandavaa:

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image: Oceanic

And here’s Kalashnikov’s MP-155 Ultima, which the company even went so far as to say was “inspired by video games” in its initial marketing for the weapon:

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While they’re not identical, what leads Ward B to believe the design was stolen—aside from their initial correspondence—are elements of the Mastodon which also appear on the Ultima but “which are decisions that were taken for aesthetic reasons in Oceanic, but have no practical purpose in real life.”

Then there’s this:

For Ward B, the clincher was the inclusion of a small indentation on one side of the Ultima – a horizontal L shape with a small line emerging from the corner (also seen in the gallery above). It’s a tiny detail, but one Sauceda sees as crucial, as the team has used it as a visual motif on not just the Mastodon, but multiple Oceanic guns. “Nothing about this gives the receiver stability, it has nothing to do with it because everything is functioning through the internals,” says Sauceda of that design choice. “The fact that they included this indent is kind of… it’s sketchy, because I kind of feel they have the [Mastodon’s 3D model] And they forgot to exclude that part-because they removed it on the other side with bolts. “

In their defense, Kalashnikov representative Maxim Kujin said that the provisional funding and payment structure of the indie game meant that there was no clear ownership of the weapon design, instead “another Russian designer”. The first transaction is said to have failed because of the cooperation.

Ward B then sent a cease and desist to Kalashnikov, revealing that Kujin was some dubious Shenanigan who tried to buy the Mastodon design directly from the artist. They also had the strange point of seeing Kalashnikov license Ultima’s design to another video game, Escape From Tarkov.So, as far as Ward B is concerned, their gun design managed to be a real gun and eventually Someone else’s video game Before it has a chance to appear on their own.

You can read the complete story, including all its legitimate Shenanigans, so IGN..

https://kotaku.com/indie-game-says-kalashnikov-stole-their-shotgun-design-1848176543

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