Capcom responds to MaXplosion furore

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Yesterday, Geoff posted a piece on Capcom’s despicable theft of Twisted Pixel’s Xbox Live Arcade game, ‘Splosion Man. In case you weren’t around, the developer and publisher that brought gamers Mega Man has produced a shameless clone of ‘Splosion Man for the iOS called MaXplosion. There are videos of the game over on Geoff’s post.

The backlash that Capcom received since this news broke must be the biggest PR disaster the company has ever experienced, and if it is then that’s excellent because they completely deserve it. They have responded to the deserved criticism and released a statement.

“While Twisted Pixel did have discussions with our console game team about publishing ‘Splosion Man’ on game consoles, Capcom Mobile is a different division of Capcom with separate offices and as such, had no prior knowledge of any meetings between the console game team and Twisted Pixel.

“‘MaXplosion’ was developed independently by Capcom Mobile. Nonetheless, we are saddened by this situation and hope to rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community.”

So parent company Capcom had no idea what their subsidiary company, Capcom Mobile was making? And Capcom mobile was so involved in tirelessly producing the most original and brilliant mobile games that they never knew that a game like ‘Splosion Man (which released in 2009) even existed? Whatever Capcom; I think you just made this worse.

Twisted Pixel has said that they won’t be taking legal action against Capcom for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that they’re simply too small and lack the funding to take on a giant like Capcom. Another reason is that they just want to focus on making games “so that Capcom has something to steal next year”.

Source: Eurogamer

Last Updated: January 14, 2011

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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