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Capcom is looking to "rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community" after the company was scrutinised for similarities between new iPhone game MaXplosion and Twisted Pixel's 2009 platformer 'Splosion Man

Responding to the news that Twisted Pixel originally pitched 'Splosion Man to Capcom, followed by a Tweet from Twisted Pixel programmer Mike Henry saying MaXplosion was "complete theft," Capcom Mobile released a statement to Eurogamer:

"While Twisted Pixel did have discussions with our console game team about publishing 'Splosion Man' on game consoles, Capcom Mobile is a different division of Capcom with separate offices and as such, had no prior knowledge of any meetings between the console game team and Twisted Pixel.

"'MaXplosion' was developed independently by Capcom Mobile. Nonetheless, we are saddened by this situation and hope to rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community."

Co-founder Michael Wilford also clarified Twisted Pixel's position to Eurogamer. "We're definitely not going to pursue legal action," he said.

"While I think the similarities are pretty nauseating," he added, "we're too small to take on a company like Capcom. That, and we owe them one for inventing Mega Man, so we'll let them slide. I just hope they're not counting on the fact that indies can't fight back."

Twisted Pixel is currently working on Ms. 'Splosion Man, a follow-up to the well received original.

The description for MaXplosion on the App Store reads as follows: "MaXplosion is a pick up and play platformer that challenges you to escape the clutches of the nefarious M.A.D. (Ministry of All Destruction) organization. Fortunately, as Max you have the ability to explode at will allowing you to "bounce" off surfaces and reach far flung locations. Max’s predilection to explode also comes in remarkably handy as an offensive weapon against the M.A.D. scientists and evil minions attempting to thwart your escape."

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Perhaps the title of this news article should read 'Capcom try Jedi Mind Trick...and fail'?

Honestly, did they think that saying 'this is not the Capcom you are looking for' would work?

But they get the last laugh for now. The app is 59p and how many people do you think have gone and downloaded it since Twisted Pixel virtually said it was like 'Splosion Man on iPhone?
Posted 15:53 on 15 January 2011
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dazzadavie@ dav2612

I think they did. Should of said sorry thats just rude
Posted 14:10 on 14 January 2011
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Did they forget the apology to Twisted Pixel?
Posted 13:35 on 14 January 2011


That's a damn shame.... Stealing from a small company and then issuing a lie that your division of Capcom knew nothing about Twisted Pixel trying to sell their idea to the company.
Posted 13:18 on 14 January 2011

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