S.T.A.L.K.E.R. isn’t using stolen art after all?

Last week, we heard news that a handful of lightmap and water textures in post-apocalyptic shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl were identical to assets from Doom 3 and Half-Life 2. The folks at The Inquirer have now learned that, while the assets are identical, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. may not have “borrowed” them from the other two games.

According to The Inq, the water texture that was found in both S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Half-Life 2 actually comes from a texture pack sold by Marlin Studios. Marlin lists both Valve as well as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. publisher THQ as “noteworthy users” of its textures along with companies like Electronic Arts, Konami, and Epic Games. The situation regarding light textures is a little less clear, but The Inq claims that some of its sources have discovered that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’s lights_impflash texture that was allegedly stolen from Doom 3 is actually a generic impact flash texture—not a texture specific to the Doom 3’s Imp monster. The site doesn’t mention that texture’s provenance, however.

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    • ExpansionSSS
    • 14 years ago

    Somewhere, deep in the depths of Mars, scientists are uncovering a new portal, for which an UNSTOPPABLE team of lawyers is gathering, able to get around trivial ideas such as “standard licensed content”.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 14 years ago

      Time to dust off the old double-barreled shotgun?

    • Hattig
    • 14 years ago

    I thought it would be standard licensed content from the very beginning. What a waste of time and energy.

      • dolemitecomputers
      • 14 years ago

      No doubt. I amazes me how quick people are willing to believe anything they see. I guess the crisis is over now. 🙂

    • Corrado
    • 14 years ago

    BUT OMGZzz THEY STOLE THE STUFFS!111 People are ridiculous.

    • ludi
    • 14 years ago

    Nobody ever expects the standard licensed library!

    Hope the publisher didn’t take too much crap for this.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 14 years ago

    They stole it from us, my precious.

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