Renowned Russian weapons maker Kalashnikov has been accused of stealing weapon designs from a video game developer. According to Ward B, developers of the upcoming first-person shooter Oceanic, Kalashnikov took its blueprints and turned them into commercially accessible shotguns without giving any credit to the game makers. Ward B has issued a ceasefire order against Kalashnikov. The weapon in question is Kalashnikov’s MP-155 Ultima. In initial marketing campaigns for the product, the weapon company actually stated that the weapon was “inspired by video games”. But Ward B was never given credit.
When comparing the MP-155 Ultima to Oceanic’s Mastodon, they might not look alike. But Ward B has noticed a number of notable similarities between the two weapons.
Kalashnikov defended himself by saying that the initial deal between the companies failed because the gaming company showed no clear ownership of the weapon designs. Ward B’s provisional funding and payment structures supported this argument. according to a report good By Kotaku, Kalashnikov’s representative Maxim Kuzin said that the company had approached “another designer from Russia” for the work. Ward B suspected that Cuzin had tried to buy a Mastodon design directly from an artist.
According to Ward B, Kalashnikov not only stole his designs for the shotgun but also licensed the gun’s design to another video game, Escape from Tarkov. And all this happened when the guns were only visible on the Oceanic.
Ward B’s CEO Marcelino Sauceda Told IGN reported that last year, Kalashnikov contacted the studio and wanted to collaborate on weapon design. They set out to give full credit to the video game developers, as well as use the Mastodon design for the real shotgun. The arms company also promised to send three finished products to the studio. But Kalashnikov never showed the contract and communication ended. However, when Sauceda saw Kalashnikov’s new “weapon kit”, he could not help but notice its similarity with Mastodon.
The CEO further stated that the original firearm used motifs that were only used for aesthetic purposes on the Mastodon. And the details are different. One of them is a horizontal L shape with a small line coming out of the corner on one side of the extremity. This is a motif designed on many Oceanic guns.