Publisher of game blatantly lifting Final Fantasy XI assets apologizes for the game

    
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Is the header screenshot from Final Fantasy XI or from the free-to-play Japanese title Chaos Saga? It’s the former, but you could be forgiven for thinking the latter if you played that game during its one-day life. The game was taken down immediately after launch for “various reasons” according to the publisher, but the obvious reason was that it blatantly ripped off the designs of several FFXI NPCs… including bizarrely, Cid, still bearing the Bastok crest of arms on his apron. So it seems fitting that publisher Braeve has apologized for the copyright infringements in the game.

Of course, this was months ago, but it’s the much-delayed thought that counts, right?

The formal apology notes that this was due to insufficient staff to check all of the assets, which seems like claiming you didn’t know that stabbing people kills them, but that’s the official word. One may only speculate that this was part of a legal settlement; what seems certain is that everyone is prepared to put this chaos in the past.

Source: Kotaku
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kgptzac

The amount of crap games on DMM is staggering, and can the public get an apology for that as well?

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Chris Moss

Can’t blame them for wanting to copy the best MMO every created!!!!!

I miss my PUPPETMASTER ; ;

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silverlock

To be fair we don’t know the whole story. This could easily be a case of the dev hiring independent artist to provide assets and not realizing that they where simply stealing the assets.

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Fervor Bliss

Did they shut the game down and remove all the assets as soon as they found out?
Only respectful thing to do.

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Daniel Miller

How dare Chinese trash try to riip off the best mmo on the market!

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ihatevnecks

You didn’t even bother reading the first sentence of the damn article, did you? The game is JAPANESE. You know, just like FFXI?

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sizer99

It’s a Japanese company publishing a Chinese game. I’m sure they had no idea and were as horrified as anyone else – though they certainly should have done due diligence, especially considering the source.

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Greaterdivinity

Literally couldn’t even read the first sentence of the article before commenting? : P

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Mewmew

This company localized it to Japan, but the original game was done by a Chinese company. So it actually is a Chinese company that ripped it off. These guys were just publishing a Japanese version of the game out of pure ignorance.

Though the Original Poster here seems a bit too raring to use borderline racist insults. I wouldn’t be too surprised if his post vanishes.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s on the publishers as well. You check that shit before releasing it to ensure that you don’t get caught up in legal issues. I’ve worked on games that ended up getting dropped by publishers because the developers either lied about the use of copyrighted/trademarked content in their game (claiming there was none, or that they’d changed it all) or flat out refused to change it to avoid issues. You do your due diligence as a regional publisher.

China don’t give no fucks and their copyright/trademark law is a joke, everyone knows this by now. But if you’re going to publish a Chinese developed game in another region, you’d better make sure that everything is above board.