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Chinese MMO Caught Copying Assets from Ragnarok Online, World of Warcraft

by Nick Breckon, Dec 01, 2008 4:21pm PST
Related Topics – Limbo of the Lost, Aurora Blade

The Chinese-developed, browser-based MMO Aurora Blade has been accused of containing numerous examples of blatant plagiarism by fans of Ragnarok Online. The accusers say that Aurora has copied assets from Ragnarok Online, as well as World of Warcraft, Maple Story and LaTale.

As pointed out by Kotaku, IGG--the Western publisher of Aurora Blade--has already posted a statement on the Aurora Blade forums: "We would like to explain that SkyUnion(IGG) is not responsible for the developing of the game, that is any character, artwork and graphic is developed by another company and this game is HOSTED by IGG."

Curiously, the IGG Team has also cross-posted its message on the Ragnarok Online forum, which includes a threat of an IGG forum ban for posting on the similarities.

We took a look at Aurora Blade's skill icons and compared them to World of Warcraft's, finding many suspicious similarities--a few of which we've illustrated in a simple chart (above, right).

The controversy is similar to last summer's Majestic Studios debacle, where the small developer was found to have stolen numerous assets from several big-budget games for use in its adventure title Limbo of the Lost.





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  • IGG: Statement on Aurora Blade
    Regarding the discussion on the similarity between Aurora Blade (http://ab.igg.com) and some other games, like RO and WOW, IGG (http://www.igg.com) hereby makes a statement as below:
    IGG is a North American MMORPG publisher. Aurora Blade is a browser-based game we take an agency for. As a game publisher, IGG only possesses the operating rights and will not take any copyright responsibility about the game design. However, anti-plagiarisim is one of IGG's principles. IGG has contacted the Aurora Blade developer to start an investigation on this issue as soon as we heard from you and we will stay tuned for the progress.

    We do appreciate the concern from you and warmhearted gamers.

    IGG Team