Indie developer accuses weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov of stealing gun design

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by James Batchelor

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An independent developer is accusing Russia’s largest weapons manufacturer of stealing the design for a shotgun from its upcoming game — and then licensing that design to another game developer.

An investigation by IGN reveals that Ward B — a studio made of former Call of Duty, Halo and Overwatch developers — was approached by Maxim Kuzin, a contractor for Kalashnikov Concern (better known as Kalashnikov), regarding the design of the EPM28 Mastodon shotgun from its upcoming first-person shooter Oceanic.

Ward B has been sharing images of its weapons designs, including individual components, via social media to generate interest in

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