Respawn Entertainment and EA, designer and publisher behind the popular battle royale Apex Legends, have been accused of swindling a character from upcoming indie shooter, BulletVille.
Peak Legends, which could be releasing on Switch as quickly as next month, is set to introduce new character Fuse as part of its eighth season on 2nd February. NOWWA, the team behind BulletVille, says that it has actually discovered the character to be “quite familiar”, noting his “eyepatch, biker outfit, skull belt, mechanical arm, moustache, belt of grenades, gloves, pendant, vest coat with circular symbol on the back, leg holsters, red/grey colour plan, and particular grey stripe of hair.”
The group mentions that Hunter, a character from BulletVille, has actually been public for almost 2 years, and that Apex Legends Fuse “appears to share a lot of similarities” with its own design. The allegations go further, as NOWWA explains that BulletVille playtests were accepted EA in October and November 2020– something it states “reinforces the theory of a prospective motivation.”.
” We are happy that the Apex Legends group liked Hunters style to the point of wanting to recreate it in Apex Legends – we were even expecting an ultimate crossover! Nevertheless, we hesitate that, as a small indie game producer whose game hasnt been introduced yet, well be called a ripoff of Apex Legends, which is certainly not real.”.
NOWWA shared the following declaration on the matter to Nintendo Life, connecting a picture of the 2 characters side-by-side:.
On the left, BulletVilles Hunter; on the right, Apex Legends Fuse.
” Hunter can count on two weapons: a handgun and rocket launcher. NOWWA says.
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