Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Activision accused of stealing a character
Activision and Infinity Ward have been accused of copying the character of Mara in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from a pre-existing project.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare appears to have a copied character from an already well-established design, according to the indictment of Clayton Haugen, who decided to sue Activision, Infinity Ward and Major League Gaming Corp. for stealing the fighter’s design Marawhich was designed for his November Renaissance project.
The question obviously has to be defined, even if in the images the similarity is quite evident: it is in particular the character of Mara within Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which according to Haugen would be copied from Janus fallsone of the main characters of November Renaissance.
The latter is the project of a science fiction film action entrusted to Kickstarter, which employed the model / streamer / cosplayer during production Alex Zedra to play one of the main characters, that Cade Janus. The latter was used as a central element in the creation of the imagery linked to the film in many materials including photos and videos.
All of this happened in 2017, long before the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its fighter Mara. However, this is not mere inspiration: as reported by Haugen in the indictment, Activision sought precisely Alex Zedra as model for the promotion of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and apparently also requested the manager of the makeup that had been used for the November Renaissance photoshoot, the same ones clothes and also the same hairstyle, all specifically requested starting from the images that had been used for the promotion of the film project.
Haugen therefore requested compensation for the use of materials and ideas taken from his work to Activision, Infinity Ward and Major League Gaming Corp, also considering how the figure of Mara was used intensively for the promotion of the game. We’ll see how she turns out.