Design ripoffs of characters from other video games and different pieces of media can be shocking to fans, but one indie game studio is furious at a major developer for allegedly stealing a character design from one of their shooter games. NOWWA has accused Respawn of ripping off the design of their BulletVille character, Hunter, for their new Apex Legends hero, Fuse, who make his debut in Apex Legends on February 8.
As reported by Forbes, NOWWA made their case in a Word document about the similarities between Hunter and Fuse, which you can see in the header image above. They pointed out that Fuse bears a striking resemblance to Hunter with the metallic eye patch, the red and grey color pattern, the robotic arms, the skull belts, and the grey streaks in their hair.
It’s quite a coincidence that Respawn took Fuse’s character design after Hunter, but there are a couple issues with NOWWA’s claim. First off, BulletVille hasn’t been widely released yet, and they only released the beta version on PC last October, giving players who register for the beta test access to the game’s early build after working with EA on an EA Originals deal. Second, when NOWWA contacted EA Originals regarding Fuse’s striking resemblance to Hunter, they said they didn’t see it as an issue. They have yet to contact Respawn on the matter.
NOWWA released the following statement to Nintendo Life regarding the uncanny resemblance between the two characters.
“We are happy that the Apex Legends team liked Hunter’s style to the point of recreating it in Apex Legends — we were hoping for an eventual crossover!” they said. “Nonetheless, [we] are afraid that, as a small indie game producer whose game hasn’t been launched yet, we’ll be called a ripoff of Apex Legends, which is certainly not true.”
Whether the resemblance between Hunter and Fuse is a coincidence or some ulterior motive on Respawn’s part remains to be seen. Until that matter is resolved, Fuse is set to debut in Apex Legends in less than three weeks.
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Cristina Alexander is a writer who can transform her pen into a Keyblade and has been head over heels for Sonic the Hedgehog from the age of 9. Her work was previously seen on Mega Visions (formerly SEGA Nerds), KeenGamer, and Twinfinite. You can find her on Twitter @SonicPrincess15.
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