Assassin's Creed dev accuses Middle-Earth game of stealing

Assassin's Creed dev accuses Middle-Earth game of stealing
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

January 24th 2014 at 10:34AM

Former AC II programmer claims gameplay demo shows stolen code and animations

One does not simply create a fantasy action game without allegedly lifting assets wholesale from other titles.

Monolith Productions released new gameplay footage of its upcoming Lord of the Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. In the eight-minute demo, the main character stalks through an orc camp, climbing scenery in order to leap down on unsuspecting foes and performing stealthy takedowns.

Capybara Games' Charles Randall, formerly a Ubisoft developer, claims that many of these actions have been stolen from Assassin's Creed II, according to CVG

Randall, who takes credit for Ubisoft's air assassination move, tweeted:

As is often the case with Twitter, Randall was immediately lampooned by fans but stood his ground, adding:

Ubisoft Quebec programmer Eric Martel caught wind of Randall's claims, and upon watching the video himself, simply replied:

Randall later clarified that he was aware he had no legal claim to the work of Assassin's Creed II and that, despite his surprise, he was still looking forward to Monolith's title.

Warner Bros and Monolith have yet to comment.

What do you think? Watch the footage here, courtesy of GameSpot, and judge for yourself: