Guild Wars 2 players raise eyebrows over new cash shop sword similar to one found in Gamigo MMO RIFT

    
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Guild Wars 2 dropped a new cosmetic sword in the cash shop this week that’s caused a ripple of fuss on the forums and subreddit.

The Lightbinder Blade Sword Skin, with its recessed falchion shape and winged seraph-like critter on the guard, looks a bit like the Avenger’s Longsword from Gamigo’s MMORPG, RIFT. While they’re not identical by any means, players argue that the similarities are enough to raise a stink.

Here’s the side-by-side, courtesy of Reddit. GW2’s is on the left; RIFT’s is on the right.

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Now, it’s true that plagiarism does happen in our industry, even in the most respectable of AAA MMORPG titles, but before you leap to that conclusion, it’s worth remembering that a lot of game studios work from the same inspirations and sources – and even purchase the same commercially available models to tweak. Our assumption is that’s what’s going on here; I feel like I’ve seen this sword a million times in mods myself, although I admit I spent a bit of time looking this morning and came up with nothing specific.

We reached out to ArenaNet yet for clarification yesterday, but the studio said it had no comment on the issue, which is… well not that odd for ArenaNet, really, but decidedly unsatisfying.

Source: Reddit, official forums. With thanks to Anon.

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DargorV .

Isn’t Rift shutting down anyway? Who cares

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I was going to comment, but there’s really no issue here. Nothing to see people, move along and don’t get your panties in a bunch. I don’t play GW, but I do play Rift. I don’t see the problem.

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Bruno Brito

Now that Jim says there’s no problem, the gaming world releases a sigh of relief.

All hail.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

And now all is right with the world!

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Frank White

Yeah, if the devs and/or artists just admit they were “inspired” by the Rift sword, can we all just get past it? ;) Wherever they got the idea, I like it. It’s one of their better looking weapons, and actually looks like it was made to cut something, whereas a lot of the other swords in the game look like they were made more for clubbing someone.

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Mewmew

“No comment” could mean a lot of things. From “yes we did use their sword design as our inspiration” to “I have no idea what happened and would have to look into it” to “I don’t know but they’re different enough where I don’t really care and am not going to look into it, so no comment”. It could mean “We purchased a sword model from someone else to tweak, the same sword model they obviously did, but we don’t want to talk about how we purchase these models from other people” even. Many many things.

They have the same inspiration but are clearly extremely different in the end. Sure it would be nice for them to comment on it, but to me they are so different that I don’t really care in the end. I guess I am in the minority though? Or maybe the more silent majority that doesn’t care and so doesn’t go getting crazy posting about it.

Most of the sword is different and we don’t really know as the author said if they both are working from the same start source or what. Maybe one of the Devs just saw the design and thought “Hey this is a really cool design, let’s make a heavily modified version of it for our game.”

They have the same shape, obviously have the same inspiration or source, even if that source was Rift’s design, it’s so very much different I don’t see what it matters personally.

Does it matter if the Rift design was the source since they are actually so completely different other than the shape in the end? Is it that people just want them to admit it?

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Mordyjuice

Not sure what the big deal is, Rift is basically a dead game any way. Personally I bet the artist straight up ripped off the design, marketing probably didn’t give a damn past checking it against major game properties if they even bother doing that. I highly doubt Gamigo is going to bother making a fuss about this. Hell even though I’m on the side of the people doing the shame chant I can’t be bothered to give a crap enough to raise my torch and pitchfork.

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Arktouros

Woopsie daisy.

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silverlock

What puts it over the top for me is the fact that they even copied the pommel. They could have at least gone for the more practical and common hooked design.

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h4

Tribalism bias here. People who like GW2 are going to lean towards “similar designs exist in a bunch of fantasy games”. People who like RIFT are going to say “the design was at least heavily inspired by RIFT’s version”. A good way to check for tribalism bias is to change the names of the parties involved. What if it had been a Chinese mobile F2P using weapon art that looked suspiciously like Blizzard’s stuff? You bet the pitchforks would be out!

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Mordyjuice

Nope I’ve spent perhaps over a $1,000 on Gem Store cosmetics over the years, even played GW2 yesterday and I can say this is a blatant oversight on ANet’s path if not out right intellectual property theft.

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Yangers

Proof?

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Mordyjuice

Side by side comparison picture up above? Or are we talking proof of my account?

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Mordyjuice

Here’s my API Key 07AEC6B5-A0CB-A94D-9BA3-A50360874BB3DBCD3944-F724-46EC-9440-F3D3EDF39814

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Mordyjuice

So just eye balling it recordable items might be under $1,000 but keep in mind half to 2/3ds of all my gems purchased have been converted to gold.

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h4

I apologize for having generalized, it just seems rare nowadays in internet commentating to see people willing to side against the game they play.

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Witches

It’s not a lightsaber it’s a laser sword, completely different.

Maybe the same artist created both swords?

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL, this is not a big deal really. This has happened many times before already.

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Godnaz

Don’t really care that the sword’s been copied. Happens frequently in the art industry. Inspiration and originality is a gift not all artists have and a lot of that originality has already been done.

ArenaNet staying quiet about simple curiousity has been their default PR state, company policy and biggest downfall when it comes to putting issue to rest.

Yes, as company sometimes its better to say nothing when you risk losing revenue and customer trust. But it also says the company has something to hide. In today’s climate of entitlement and pitchfork rage, I may not like it but maybe ArenaNet is doing the right thing for itself.

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Anton Mochalin

I think they really know the playerbase doesn’t care about GW2’s PR. As a fan of the game I can say that I see the similarity between those two swords very clearly and I think it’s not good at all because they’re too similar. I’d rather prefer GW2’s devs to remove the sword from the game even though I’m not the type of player which buys much stuff from cash shop. But do I care about what they say about it? No. Will I stop playing if such a situation repeats several times in one month? No way, there’s just no other game like GW2.