Electronic Arts has responded to reports that a tank from its free-to-play online RTS game, Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, stole a design from Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000. The controversy began when Reddit users noticed a striking similarity between Tiberium Alliances' Grinder and Bombard tanks and Warhammer 40k's Bonecruncha and Baneblade vehicles.
Despite the similar design, Electronic Arts is claiming that the art depicting the tanks in the game was released accidentally, and that IP issues have already been resolved with Games Workshop.
"The artwork was internal EA concept art that was unintentionally released publicly. No Warhammer 40,000 tanks have ever made an appearance in Command and Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, and never will," an EA representative said. "Games Workshop and EA continue to have a strong relationship working together on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and the new free to play game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, which just entered open beta."
Source: GamesIndustry International