Capcom is Being Accused of Stealing Monster Designs
By Cristhian Gómez
Resident Evil: Village, the latest entry in the famous zombie game series from Capcom, has sold three million copies in just four days, according to Collider. The game launched to basically every platform available, from PC and last generation consoles, to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
In an interview for GameIndustry.biz, Capcom’s EMEA marketing director, Antoine Molant, claimed: “Our main ambition for this year, although there’s so much going on at the same time, is to make sure Resident Evil: Village will be the best-performing Resident Evil title, both in terms of quality as well as business.”
However, not everything is good news for Capcom. In a post published on LinkedIn, Richard Raaphorst claimed that the Japanese publisher used a monster design created by him, without his authorization. On the post, the director said: “In 2013 I directed my film Frankenstein’s Army. It’s a crazy monster movie filled with my own creature designs, one of which has been used – completely without authorization or credit in the newest Resident Evil game.”
The monster Richard is referring to is known as Sturm, a creature with a human body and a propeller head, which can be found mid-way through Resident Evil: Village’s campaign. But the similarity between the two monsters goes beyond their appearance. In the Frankenstein’s Army movie, the propeller creature is set on fire, just like what the player has to do in order to defeated in the game.
As of now, Capcom has not responded to the plagiarism claims from the director, so we will have to wait if he decides to take things to a court room.
Source: Video Games Chronicles