Treyarch Stole Black Ops 2 “Origins” Map Art, Alleges YouTuber

GameFront: "A Youtuber has made a pretty big claim: that Treyarch “stole” (as in stole your bike, your phone; thievery) some art concepts and the overall design for a map titled “Origins,” part of Black Ops 2′s upcoming Apocalypse DLC."

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Sidology1915d ago

those are eerily similar.

Wigriff1915d ago (Edited 1915d ago )

I don't think there is enough of a similarity to pursue legal action though. It would be easy to argue that everything is derivative, and that the original Francsico Fruiz robot looks like The Iron Giant, or that the game robot was more similar to Gort (The Day the Earth Stood Still).

I'm not saying that there aren't similarities, but look at this:

That's a random DeviantArt picture. People, especially the Japanese, have been doing this same sort of thing for a long, long time. The images ARE very similar, and the image could have very well been ripped off, but it'll be hard as hell to prove.

If it was stolen, though, this guy deserves justice.

admiralvic1915d ago

The problem is that everything is conjecture at best.

You google WW1 fighter plane? You see planes like in that video / picture.
You have a war? Then you're bound to have trenches (these are hardly unique to even the CoD series)
You google WW1 tanks? You see tanks like in the picture / video.
As you mentioned the robots resemble other robots from the past and it's not like we're talking about unique designs here (like a Gundam for instance).

It's extremely difficult / impossible to win or even make a case when we're talking about planes / tanks designed to look like the same thing. I am also willing to bet there are a number of other artists / pictures throughout the years that could make an equally valid claim and simply share a similar starting point.

Sidology1914d ago

All I said is that they're eerily similar. I'm making no claims one way or another.

EeJLP-1914d ago

I'm with the concept artist 110%. It's not just that there's a giant robot. Every other detail is identical, from the trench with the overhang, the tank, the weather, the old-school planes, etc.

Just keep in mind that this could all be BS viral marketing also. If they're not 'in on it', the concept artist deserves a kickback beyond a reasonable amount, since they were neither asked or in any other way made aware. If they are in on it, then they're all just laughing all the way to the bank with a fake controversy that you should make sure to 'share, like, comment, tweet, retweet' etc. about.

EeJLP-1914d ago


The point is all of the elements together, not that you can google pictures of rain or tanks or planes or trenches or giant robots, etc. It's that all of the elements are not only present, but look practically identical in design and layout.

EeJLP-1914d ago (Edited 1914d ago )

Counter argument I found that they've had this planned since 2008 or prior with World at War zombies map Der Riese ["The Giant" in German].

admiralvic1914d ago

@ Sidology

Saying "eerily" similar is the same as "fightingly similar" and in turn strongly implies you believe they're connected.

@ EeJLP-

You missed my point completely. The DLC is set in WW1, so using WW1 style planes / tanks is not only expected, but logical. Considering that is also the case in the artwork, I wouldn't say the similarities are anything to be shocked about.

As far as the layout goes... if you watch enough videos / angles / examine it enough ways it you're bound to find similar looking events. If you're really saying two things set in the same period are obviously related to one another because soldiers are in a trench, one show shows them near a walkway, a tank is on the hill... then I strongly suggest you become a lawyer today.

Mounce1914d ago

@EeJLP-: "Counter argument I found that they've had this planned since 2008 or prior with World at War zombies map Der Riese ["The Giant" in German]. "

You know what though? The developers who made WarZ also told media that they didn't steal DayZ's ideas and that they had WarZ in mind and have been making it since before DayZ too. Guess what?

They clearly fucking lied. Even if they did think of an idea to involve something 'Gigantic' doesn't negate ALL evidence to support the fact that the Theme/Concept/Design/atmospher e Resulted in something that is blatantly similar to the artists' work. You don't just go from "Giant German" and end up with extremely similar results. To say they Never have seen that artwork or that none of them at Treyarch are guilty would be completely ignorant and naive because most evidence points to an uncanny copying in the artists favor.

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Funantic11915d ago

The carrier multiplayer map on Black Ops 2 looks just like the map on Haze the PS3 game.

InTheLab1915d ago

Except the one from haze is dynamic....

Funantic11914d ago

Maybe so but Haze had very reviews. I guess that's why they never continued with the brand. It was suppose to be competition for Halo. But I think they gave up on it too early.

younglj011915d ago

wow thats scary.Very similar artwork its hard too deny the connection...

GentlemenRUs1915d ago

If it is indeed stolen... Francisco Fruiz should get a cut from the DLC being sold from Treyarch and Activision!

But if it was me, I'd take it to court!

inf3cted11915d ago

When you cant copy paste... you copy paste

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