Posted by Chuck Corbin on Apr 16, 2012

EA Explains Warhammer 40k ‘Inspired’ Tanks

Last week you may have noticed how certain tanks in the new Command and Conquer game, TIberium Alliances, had more than a passing resemblance to some Warhammer 40k tanks. Well, EA decided to explain what was going on with that. I’ll let you be the judge if you take what they say at face value.

According to EA, “(t)he 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. 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.”

I don’t know if I can quite buy all that. Why bother designing a tank that’s modeled off of a Warhammer 40k tank at all if you know you can’t put it in the game? It wouldn’t surprise me if it turned out that somebody at EA was being a bit lazy, and loved Warhammer 40k and decided to just use some of the more slightly obscure tanks in an effort to save time. EA would have gone through with it, I’d bet, until somebody else raised the red flag that they were essentially plagiarizing Games Workshop’s work.


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