Chinese Company Steals Torchlight Game Assests - Runic RespondsCategory: Gaming
Posted: July 18, 2012 11:00AM
Borrowing ideas for a creation is nothing new, but outright stealing something is a major problem. A game by the name of Armed Heroes Online has appeared on the Canadian App Store for iOS devices, and users have noticed a number of similarities between it and Torchlight. Runic Games' president Travis Baldree alleges that all of the monsters, dungeons, sound effects, and voices are ripped from Torchlight. When you look at videos and screenshots of the two games, it is pretty easy to see how nearly everything in Armed Heroes Online, developed by EGLS in China, is a direct rip of an asset from Torchlight. An EGLS employee says there has been no wrongdoing and showed a few images proving the point, but then took a strange turn for the worse. The employee said Torchlight ripped off other games, most noticeably Fate, and attacked what Baldree has done. The only problem with this is Baldree was the lead designer and programmer on Fate, so perhaps EGLS decided to not do any research before going on the attack.
Hopefully Baldree and Runic can get Apple to remove the ripoff from the Canadian App Store and prevent it from appearing in the US store. Baldree says he and Runic have no problem with people being inspired by Torchlight, but blatantly ripping off assets is a different matter altogether.