Paladins Strike admits to unwittingly using Overwatch art assets for promo

    
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Someone done goofed up over at Hi-Rez.

Players noticed that background artwork for the studio’s mobile title Paladins Strike bears a striking resemblance to Overwatch’s Lijiang Tower. And when we say “striking resemblance,” we mean “it’s the exact same piece of art.”

According to the studio, this was the result of poor quality control and outsourcing: “Thank you for your diligence in pointing this out. This art was created by a overseas partner studio for Paladins Strike and had not much in the way of oversight in its content creation by anyone internally at Hi-Rez. We will be looking into this immediately.”

See the comparison for yourself after the break!

Source: Reddit. Thanks Luke!
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Grave Knight

To be fair the person that put the backdrop on there probably meant it as a placeholder and the ad was used, despite labels saying “do not use”, before the placeholder can be replaced. Something similar happened with Nexon a while back. Someone used Diablo III art as a placeholder and the ad was used before the artwork can be changed. Hell, go to Clients From Hell and you can find a few stories where this happens. People are not smart.

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Grave Knight

Good thing the fans caught this before Blizzard did. They could have gotten into a legal mess.

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Sorenthaz

Well, that’s what happens when you outsource to China. From what I understand Paladins Strike is mostly being done by some subsidiary of Tencent or something.

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Grave Knight

Wouldn’t be surprised if some of the devs from Riot are working on it.

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A Dad Supreme

Definitely a situation where “Overwatch” of an IP’s “Hi-Rez-olution” assets paid off…

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Dobablo

I’ll tell you who has goofed up. That guy in the image. He’s got lazer markers on him from two directions. He has been well and truly flanked.

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SandboxQuint

I think this can actually happen pretty often. I once hired a company to design some art for my business, I told them I want the font to sort of be reminiscent of comic books, and the art to involve an ant. A week later they literally sent me over a business card image of a Marvel Ant-Man comic cover with my company name on it, and tried to charge me $150 bucks for the work. They got all defensive when I confronted them about the legality of the situation and that ended that. Thinking about it though, they’ve probably sold tons of art to businesses like that.

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Bannex

Unwittingly my ass lol

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Targeter

Sooo, basically the same thing they’ve been doing since Day 1? Just more overt this time?

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Kane Hart

I hope Blizzard Sues them to nothing. They knew that is why they did it…. I had to check too make sure was a mobile game if it was their PC game I might of said what idiots they borrowed it temp to make something from it. But this is more of stolen like all the facebook/app store ads…

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Grave Knight

They won’t because they can’t. Firstly, before they could sue they would have to send a cease and desist but considering it’s no longer on the website there is no reason to even send it. Secondly, a cease and desist is just the start. If Hi-Rez doesn’t comply than they would have grounds to sue.

Also, you really give them too much credit. People are stupid. People in power twice as much. Don’t believe me, go read some Clients From Hell stories.

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Axlatl12

What did they expect they probably told them we want it look kind of like Overwatch they said sure here it will look just like Overwatch like you asked:).