‘PUBG Mobile’ allegedly takes its skin from cyberpunk indie title

It seems that PUBG Mobile copied another game’s design, with their latest skin copying indie title Hypnospace Outlaw – even calling it Hypnospace Diva.

Earlier this week, PUBG Mobile announced a brand new skin available to their players. Called the Hypnoskin Diva, the skin itself looks almost exactly like Hypnospace Outlaw. Creator Jay Tholen noticed the similarities, calling out the game’s publishers.

PUBG does blatant ripoff from quality indie title

The mobile version for PUBG is well-known for being one of the worst F2P titles out there. The game itself has a big following in Asia, with a good chunk of players from India and South East Asia. With that said, they released another skin this week.

The Hypnospace Diva is quite notable in its looks. The skin works like a cyberpunk armored Cortana. The entire skin is both shiny and follows specific aesthetics too. Many of these elements, however, look similar to Jay Tholen’s Hypnospace Outlaw.

Hypnospace Outlaw has a distinctive look to it. The game follows an aesthetic that plays on both cyberpunk and the information superhighway of the 90s.

“Hypnospace Outlaw is a ’90s internet simulator in which you scour Hypnospace’s wide variety of weird and wonderful websites to hunt down wrongdoers, while also keeping an eye on your inbox, avoiding viruses and adware, and downloading a plethora of apps that may or may not be useful,” notes the game’s description.

Indie creator took to Twitter to argue plagiarism

Hypnospace dev Jay Tholen immediately took notice of PUBG Mobile, allegedly, copying the likeness of his character. In his Twitter account, he notes that he’s more upset that his game will be associated with a tacky costume.

“Ok I guess I’ll make a more direct quote tweet and say that it sucks that PUBG have stolen Hypnospace’s name to sell a tacky costume. the color choices seem to pull from our key art as well,” said the tweet.

“I wouldn’t normally make a big deal out of this but i don’t want our name associated with gambling so yeah,” he added in a series of tweets. “also it irks me that someone who already knows about Hypnospace could run across this and assume we made a deal that resulted in something so aesthetically and morally vile.

“What I’m hearing from folks is that because TENCENT is based in China we basically have no recourse and they’ll likely never remove the Hypnospace name or even care about this. still exploring legal options because whoo boy is that thing ugly.”

Tholen said that he is looking for recourses on the matter, but it seems all will be lost. PUBG Mobile is among the biggest titles on Android, with the backing of China’s biggest games publisher.

Featured image courtesy of Nintendo/Youtube Screenshot

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