EA accused of copying Warhammer 40k tank models for use in C&C Tiberium Alliances
Posted: 12.04.2012 09:13 by Jamie Davey Comments: 9
Could it be true that EA are copying tank models from Warhammer 40k for use in its browser-based real-time strategy game Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances?

A group of Reddit users noticed that several of the tanks from C&C Tiberium Alliances appeared to copy a number of models from the Warhammer 40k universe that is famously owned by Games Workshop, who have a track record of law suits against projects that use any of its content without permission.

The Forgotten Bombard Tank has been compared to the 1995 Baneblade tank from the 40k universe, which can clearly be seen in the image below:

The next comparison is for the Forgotten Grinder Tank, which resembles the Ork Bonecruncha, again created in 1995 by Games Workshop. You can see the image below:

We've contacted EA for comment.

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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Apr 12, 2012
Blatantly copied.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Apr 12, 2012
Way to obvious, using a similar concept would be fine but this really is just a copy.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 12, 2012
What a rip. Games Workshop have a very strong legal case, and who knows it might kelp with THQ's ongoing financial woes. Even the name of the tank ("Grinder") evokes images of "Warrrrghhhh!".
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Apr 13, 2012
Wow... quite shocking. The super company is getting into more, and more trouble.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Apr 14, 2012
Are they too big to act functionally? That totally screams Warhammer universe.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Apr 14, 2012
Apparently it was concept they just copied the concepts then I guess xD
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 15, 2012
Even if it's only concept art/modelling, when under the banner of EA's new gaming title the intent to use can be proven in court. That's all that's needed for a successful case.
Then again, perhaps Games Workshop should be having talks with EA about future "W40K" games with the state of THQ (gag, what a thought).
By lichlord (SI Core) on Apr 15, 2012
well lets hope they stay with THQ tbh and that EA gets to pay up