Ward B, the next FPS developer Oceanic, the Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has been accused of explicitly stealing one of its weapons designs for a new commercially sold submachine gun.
In an interview with IGNWard B CEO Marcelino Soseda said that early last year a Kalashnikov representative called them and said the company liked the studio’s gun designs and wanted to collaborate, and took one of the Oceanic Designs guns – Mastodon – and turn them into a real firearm.
Ward B says they got a full credit promise, a logo on the gun and even three of the finished product shipped to their offices. While he was eager to get the deal done, Soseda says that when it came time to actually sign the contracts, they never showed up, and there was no further communication between the two parties.
So Sosida was therefore surprised to see Kalashnikov later go ahead and fire his own “weapon set” which he feels is very similar to a mastodon, only without any of the credit or cooperation.
This is what Mastodon looks like, Designed by artist Gankhulug Narandavaa:
And here’s the Kalashnikov’s MP-155 Ultima, which the company went so far as to say was “video game-inspired” in its initial marketing of the weapon:
Although not identical, what leads B-Wing to believe the design was stolen – apart from initial correspondence – are Mastodon items that also appear on Ultima but are “decisions made for Oceanic aesthetic reasons, but have no practical purpose.” in real life.”
Then there is this:
For wing B, the cut-off point was the inclusion of a small indentation on one side of the Ultima – a horizontal L shape with a small line jutting out of the corner (also shown in the gallery above). It’s a small detail, but one that Sauceda sees as crucial, as the team used it as a visual element not only on the Mastodon, but on Oceanic’s multiple guns. “Nothing about this gives the receiver stability, and it has nothing to do with it because everything runs through the internals,” Sauceda says of this design choice. “The fact that they include this indentation is kind of…it’s superficial, because I kind of feel like they have [Mastodon’s 3D model] And they forgot to exclude this part – because they removed it on the other side of the latch.”
In their defense, Kalashnikov representative Maxim Kozin said the initial deal failed because temporary funding and payment structures for the indie game meant there was no clear ownership of the weapon designs, and so they worked with “another designer from Russia” instead.
Ward B has since sent a cease-and-desist Kalashnikov, revealing what they say were some shady hoaxes as Kuzin attempted to purchase a Mastodon design directly from the artist. They also have the added oddity of seeing Kalashnikov license Ultima’s design for another video game, Escape From Tarkov. Meaning that, with respect to Ward B, their weapon design managed to turn into a real pistol and then ended up Someone else’s video game before he had a chance to appear alone.
You can read the whole story with all its legal tricks, in a IGN.