Capcom has reacted to Twisted Pixel’s recent accusations over the much larger dev’s “complete theft” of gameplay from ‘Splosion Man in Capcom’s forthcoming iPhone game, MaXplosion.
According to Twisted Pixel’s CEO Michael Wilford, the indie dev even pitched ‘Splosion Man to Capcom and reveals that they “said no.” Capcom Mobile issued the following statement to Eurogamer expressing its “sadness” for the situation and more or less claiming the similarities as mere coincidence: “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.”
Wilford has since responded by Tweeting, “I’m glad Capcom at least admits they messed up…but it would be nice if they did something about it.” Wilford has also stated Twisted Pixel would not pursue legal action.
Even in the absence of a lawsuit, Capcom will continue to take its lumps in the court of martial Internet law.