S.T.A.L.K.E.R ripping off Half-Life 2?

Written by Joe Martin

April 11, 2007 // 10:44 a.m.

Tags: #alyx #carmack #crime #doom #freeman #gabe #games #gordon #half-life #id #newell #stalker #steal #stolen #texture #theft #thq #valve

Shack News has reported the latest gossip in the gaming community recently, namely that the just released S.T.A.L.K.E.R. may have copied assets from other games without permission.

Apparently light textures in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. have been found which are nearly identical to textures in DOOM 3 and which bear the same filename. That the filename is "lights_impflash.dds" adds weight to the argument, since there are no Imps in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

The same seems to be true of a water texture that may have been copied from Half-Life 2. Again, the filename was identical between the two games.

While Valve and THQ / GSC have been unwilling to comment just yet, Todd Hollshead of id Software went on the record over at Shack News;

"I've seen a post on a web forum that claims DOOM3 assets are used in another game, but we've been working hard on Enemy Territory: Quake Wars as well as our own internal project and have not had the time to fully investigate or otherwise verify that the claim is true. Only from what I've seen on the Web, it's concerning. However, it may turn out to be nothing. Nevertheless, it would be improper to make any decision about a course of action until we find out whether the claim is true, and what assets from DOOM3, if any, have potentially been used."

It's early days in this brewing controversy but the ramifications are potentially massive if two of the largest and most respected games companies have been ripped off by one of the most anticipated games of the last decade. Either way, we'll try and keep you posted on how this develops.

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