Lego Dev Thinks Disney's Stealing Blocks From Traveller's Tales

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Lego Dev Thinks Disney's Stealing Blocks From Traveller's Tales

A Traveller's Tales designer accuses Disney of copy-and-pasting the Lego titles to create Disney Universe.

Disney recently unveiled a new title in the works called Disney Universe, a multiplayer co-op platformer where players wear different costumes of Disney characters to perform unique abilities. Traveller's Tales design director Jon Burton is less than pleased, calling Disney Universe a ripoff of the studio's Lego games.

Traveller's Tales is well known for an entire line of Lego titles such as Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars. In response to the Disney Universe announcement and trailer, Burton tweeted: "Disney rip off our Lego games and LittleBigPlanet to create [Disney Universe]. Best of luck to them."

He later tweeted that Disney Universe's drop-in, drop-out co-op, adaptive difficulty, different abilities depending on costume worn, and the ability to play through several films was "Lego in 2006." He adds: "I'm not saying we invented the stuff, but it's an identical formula."

It seems a little salty. Disney Universe is definitely sharing ideas with the Lego titles and LittleBigPlanet, but is that such a bad thing? Combining the gameplay of the two series and adding Disney themes and characters from movies such as Tron, Alice in Wonderland, and Monsters Inc. could make for a fun title. From early previews, Disney Universe appears to add to the basic experience of the games Burton names with enemies that seem more devious and by allowing players to level up their costumes, to name a couple of examples.

After taking some heat, Burton tweeted: "Obviously, I'm just messing around about Disney Universe. But you've got to agree, it's definitely Sackboy in the lead role, right?" First of all, he's never even played Disney Universe, which is part of the problem, but you'd think a developer would understand that this is what games do. They take inspiration from the past and move concepts forward or combine them. If Disney Universe does this, I don't think it should be criticized, unless it does it badly. Copy or not, for now I'm still looking forward to solving puzzles and smacking down my friends as little Tron guy.

Source: Twitter, via Develop

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...I thought the chest sequence was kind of cute. "I have a key!" "Yay!" "KEEEEEEY!" *attacks the padlock*

Anyway, I don't think that 'borrowing ideas from' constitutes 'You ripped us off! LAWSUIT!' (Hasn't happened yet, but it will. DEAR GOD IT WILL) considering that...really, most things are just rehashed...other things. God, I'm too tired to articulate my thoughts right now.

VERLYWHO, it seems kind of cute/amusing. I'll wait for more information about Disney Universe to come out to decide if it really is 'ripping them off', but I kind of doubt it so far.

Edit: I'm siding with Burton on this.

I just lookat it as this way.

If Travellers tales were in disney's shoes, and Disney's in TR's would it really be playing out any different?

"I'm not saying we invented the stuff, but it's an identical formula."

So it's okay for his company to rip stuff off, but not if Disney does it. Maybe he should be apologizing to Nintendo, rather than ripping on Disney.

Not that I like any of those companies-- trying to rip kids off is a bad thing in my book.

It does look a little ripped off but as long as Disney acknowledges this in a mature way it's fine.

And Disney, I swear if you even think of adding Marvel characters...

If everyone tweeted about the latest video game ripoff, Twat(that's what it's called right?) would explode.

Nouw:
It does look a little ripped off but as long as Disney acknowledges this in a mature way it's fine.

And Disney, I swear if you even think of adding Marvel characters...

Mini Deadpool would be fun on the bun, exactly how he would help in puzzle solving is a different matter. Can you kill a puzzle? I doubt Disney would go for the Splatter House method of puzzle gaming.

Anywhoo, this guy really needs to think about what he says before "tweeting it" or what ever you tech heads call it. Especially if your a "professional".

Sorry Mr. Burton, but I'm really not seeing the Lego in this.

If we look at it this way, EVERYTHING rips off something. Whether we like it or not, no matter what, everything that someone else does, someone has done something that shares semblance to it. It is innevitable. Burton is merely blowing steam because he thinks he can, but didn't they (TT) rip off someones idea in 'some' way as well? I think this is something that just needs to be ignored, because so long as Disney follows their own programming, and doesn't copy-paste any of the work TT did, Burton has no right to bitch at them for ANY reason.

Its a video game. Ofcourse it stole its idea from something. As long as it adds something to the mix and is fun though, its ok.

raankh:
"I'm not saying we invented the stuff, but it's an identical formula."

So it's okay for his company to rip stuff off, but not if Disney does it. Maybe he should be apologizing to Nintendo, rather than ripping on Disney.

Not that I like any of those companies-- trying to rip kids off is a bad thing in my book.

As someone who's played the one of the Lego games, they do not rip kids off. There is an insane amount of content in the games that can only be gotten through 2 play through at minimum.

is that such a bad thing? Well, given Disney's history of aggressively suing anyone who steps on their toes, yes. yes, it is a bad thing. Not to mention this isn't the first time Disney has "borrowed" concepts from the work of other artists. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but hypocrisy is never cool no matter how you cut it.

Somebody's got a case of the paranoids. Seriously, there isn't anything for Mr Burton to really stand on here. Especially when you consider all the different cliches, contrivances, and memes that all the Lego games borrowed from other media not even related to the movies they are based on.

I see the Little Big Planet but not the Lego.

Don't Disney like...own Pirates of the Caribbean? The same game which has just gotten a Lego adaptation? (Not to mention last year there was Lego Prince of Persia sets along with Lego Cars 2 which is now hitting shelves.

It's kinda like 'Yeah Disney. We'll use your liscense to make our game. But if you should make a somewhat similar game to us...you will pay'

I really don't like Disney, so I'm siding with Lego which I really do like.

Regardless of any corporate espionage, those blue people with their 'extreme' faces are seriously creepy. Do not want.

CAPTCHA: stantry behavior. I couldn't have put it better myself.

Okay, that was Sackboy. Couldn't they have at least come up with their own image? Sheesh.

I don't see the LEGO but I definitely see the Little Big Planet.

just watch the Alice costume give you a bloody butcher knife as a special ability. Bahahahahahhaa.

I guess I see the lego similarities in that wearing a different suit gives you differnet powers, but isn't that more Dragon quest/ Final fantasy/ Mario/ Zelda/ loads of games ever.

Anyway in lego doesn't changing the character (not suit) might give you a gun, or a whip or whatever? Bit of a stretch to say that this is a rip off.

I can see what Burton means and Disney aren't the best games designers. Honestly I don't think it's lawsuit material but if you're going to go and make something of a similar experience, ya need to try to make it look different. I mean at any point did the Disney developers stop and say "Hey, do you think it looks anything like LBP or a Lego game?" because it does, it really does. I'm all for taking one game aspect, combining with another and improving the games thereafter but 1) the games need to be improved disney and 2) you need to try and make it look a lot different. LBP shape is pretty much here still only in fabulous blue sooo...sort it out...

The chest sequence looked like somebody parodying TF's Man co crates.

sheic99:

raankh:
"I'm not saying we invented the stuff, but it's an identical formula."

So it's okay for his company to rip stuff off, but not if Disney does it. Maybe he should be apologizing to Nintendo, rather than ripping on Disney.

Not that I like any of those companies-- trying to rip kids off is a bad thing in my book.

As someone who's played the one of the Lego games, they do not rip kids off. There is an insane amount of content in the games that can only be gotten through 2 play through at minimum.

I was more referring to the business case of Lego, Disney and Nintendo. Their target groups are (primarily) kids, through the wallet of their parents of course. The idea is to make the kids brand-aware to the point where they refuse to get anything else, and cry in the store till they get what they want. I'm not at all a fan of the unabashed "want" marketing directed at children in our modern times. As a child, escpecially the younger ages targeted by these companies, you have no defenses against the sociopsychological warfare, more or less, that these companies spend billions on.

Seven year olds are very brand aware, these days, which I find appalling. Talk about indoctrination; I'd be interested in seeing studies investigating exposure to aggressive marketing at a young age and if that holds any bearing on impulsive purchases and credit defaults later in life. I'm not saying there is a connection, but I would not at all be surprised if there is. In particular the current generation of children have access to an information-flow that has never existed before, the consequences of which we can only imagine since just that; it has never existed before.

Games are suppossed to copy god ideas, its how they get better.

looks more like a ripoff off little big planet if anything. not sure what the guy from traveler's tales is hinting at

i might be a little dense but how does this trailer show the game is a rip off of anything? Did I miss gameplay footage?

Good ad though I really want to play it now lol

I would have thought the guys who made LBP would be the ones to complain. I mean, damn, those are basically sackboys.

Anywho, I doubt this will sell more than the titles that they are ripping off.

It just looks...Awful

Also looks like its ripping off that Aqua Aqua thing.

Again the idea of swapping costumes to gain new abilities was not made by you, why hell FF3 had that idea incorporated ages ago (Before you say but that's different, is it really?). Does the game look bad, maybe but seriously stop whining.

Disney might be the root of all evil, but that looks fun.

True, it reminds me of LBP and even a bit of ModNation Racers. And sure, they might have borrowed the idea from there. But if we're gonna start analyzing games with stuff like "Where did they rip this from?", then 90% of the games out there are indeed a rip off of something else. Some are more obvious than others.

But if anything, it was inspired by LPB and they took the idea one step further. It seems the costumes give you different abilities here. And sorry but I don't see how this is a rip off of Lego Universe or whatever. Legos are all about building and destroying. I don't think you can do that with these Disney characters. So like someone said, if anything, the producers of LBP should be complaining, not this guy.

Eh,the little blue guys kind of creep me out for some reason so I say go Legos.

Can't we all just get along... and make LEGO Kingdom Hearts =)

Disney + LEGO + Final Fantasy = trillion dollars in profit.

squid5580:
i might be a little dense but how does this trailer show the game is a rip off of anything? Did I miss gameplay footage?

Good ad though I really want to play it now lol

True, hard to see where the comparisons to the Lego games cane be found in this trailer. Also, who's to say the donning of different costumes means they're ripping off LBP? In fact, if the wearing of different costumes grants different abilities, I'm going to say that the game is actually ripping off Dynamite Headdy! For shame!

Also, fun trailer. If I was a kid, I'd want to play this game now. :)

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