Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Accused of Copying Goblin Slayer to Advertise Anime DLC Bundle
At first glance, all of DutyAlthough it may seem that anime and anime have very little in common, anime fans love both. Goblin SlayerI noticed a disturbing parallel between the opening shot of the show and an advertisement for a new anime-themed package. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Some fans are concerned about the possibility Activision may have deliberately copied another property.
As of this writing, the State of California recently expanded the scope of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit, adding new amendments to the lawsuit filing and alleging that Activision Blizzard is attempting to interfere with the investigation. Although this may not be the best environment for serious plagiarism issues, a quick look at the Notice Me IV Blueprints Item Store Bundle will soon reveal that the banner image of the Notice Me IV Blueprints Item Store Bundle is nearly identical to the opening frame from Goblin slayer. You can overlay the images almost flawlessly, with minor perspective adjustments and separate color schemes to distinguish them.
This image shows the close-up of a young girl’s large, thickly-laid eyes with a large blade covering her lower half. This woman is Priestess in the Goblin Slayer anime. It may be why fans immediately identified her as the anonymous woman on the banner for Notice Me IV. The Call of Duty bundle features a poster girl that looks exactly like Priestess. She has blonde hair, but not blonde, and has a grey-blue wash. She’s not included in the complete game. The bundle instead features other girls with brightly colored anime aesthetics.
Twitter user @HUSK3RGAM3R soon caught on to the similarities between the two images and shared them with the internet, where they appear to have caught some attention from the Call of Duty fanbase–specifically, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fans, who were already encouraged to pay close attention to the franchise’s direction. The user then asked if such a thing had ever happened before, and it seems that the franchise isn’t the only one to have come so close to copying artwork. @Nine029 tweeted a screenshot of Activision Blizzard’s story using promotional images from Bravo Company USA (and Black Powder Red Earth).
Call of Duty fans seems to have been as upset with Activision Blizzard’s investment group as they are with the news. Some Twitter users suggested that Activision Blizzard was not accused of art theft, but there was no defense.