Kalashnikov, the notorious Russian weapons manufacturer, has been accused of stealing weapon designs from a video game developer. According to Ward B, the developers of the upcoming first-person shooter Oceanic, Kalashnikov took his blueprints and turned them into a commercially accessible shotgun without giving the game makers any credit. Ward B issued a cease and desist order against Kalashnikov. The weapon in question is Kalashnikov’s MP-155 Ultima. In the first marketing campaigns for the product, the gunsmith had indeed declared that the weapon was “inspired by video games”. But Ward B never received credits.
When comparing the MP-155 Ultima with the Oceanic’s Mastodon, they may not look identical. But Ward B noticed several striking similarities between the two weapons.
Kalashnikov defended himself by saying that the initial deal between the companies fell through because the game company showed no clear ownership of the weapon designs. Service B’s interim funding and payment structures supported this argument. According to a report from Kotaku, Kalashnikov representative Maxim Kuzin said the company approached “another designer from Russia” for the job. Ward B suspected Kuzin of trying to buy the Mastodon design directly from an artist.
According to Ward B, Kalashnikov not only stole his designs for the shotgun, but also licensed the gun design to another video game, Escape From Tarkov. And all of this happened before the weapons could appear on Oceanic itself.
Ward B CEO Marcellino Sauceda told IGN that last year Kalashnikov approached the studio and wanted to collaborate on weapon design. They were ready to use Mastodon designs for a real shotgun with all credit to the video game developers. The arms company also promised to send three of the finished products to the studio. But Kalashnikov never showed up with a contract and communication died. However, when Sauceda saw Kalashnikov’s new “weapons kit”, he couldn’t help but notice its similarities to the Mastodon.
The CEO went on to say that the real shotgun used patterns that were only used for cosmetic purposes on the Mastodon. And the details are distinct. One of them is a horizontal L-shape with a small line emerging from the corner on one side of the Ultima. This is a pattern that is designed on many Oceanic guns.