Earlier this week, as a part of the continued Season of the Deep, Future 2 launched a cutscene that casually pulled again the curtain on a few of the deepest mysteries in its nine-year-long historical past. The three-and-a-half minute video is full of revelations, lastly explaining the origin of the present arc’s main villain, the Witness, in addition to the precise nature of The Veil—arguably probably the most infuriating story beat from Lightfall’s mess of a marketing campaign.

Whereas some gamers are thrilled to have lastly obtained solutions, others are puzzled as to why such a serious story beat has been delivered in a seasonal update, which shall be eliminated when the following enlargement, The Ultimate Form, launches subsequent yr. And over on Twitter, one other controversy emerged. Accusations of plagiarism surfaced when Julian Faylona—professionally often called ELEMENTJ21 designs—made a Twitter thread highlighting the similarities between a chunk of fanart they made two years in the past and a selected picture discovered throughout the cutscene.

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The similarities are putting, for positive—the composition is near-identical, with the one main change being an adjusted type to go well with the remainder of the cutscene’s aesthetic. The response from the neighborhood has been animated. “The cutscene where we discover out the origin of one of the crucial necessary characters in Future historical past has plagiarism. Plagiarism,” wrote streamer Zavalr, straight tagging the Future 2 group in a previous tweet. Such response is maybe comprehensible, given the significance of this second within the game’s wider story in addition to the truth that Bungie’s been in sizzling water for this type of mishap prior to now. 

Once I reached out to the artist themselves, nevertheless, they’d a special perspective.

“To be sincere, I am genuinely excited and pleased that the piece I made 2 years in the past—which, even again then, I totally acknowledged relies on the Future franchise—made it into the cutscene,” Faylona informed PC Gamer. “It was completely sudden and utterly caught me unexpectedly. A lot in order that I wished to make a shoutout about it.”

In an announcement to PC Gamer, Bungie says it is taking steps to restore the scenario, which we had been informed was brought on by a mix-up from an “exterior vendor”.

“Bungie has reached out to ELEMENTJ21 in regards to the artwork piece from this week’s cutscene and are planning to compensate and credit score them for his or her work. We found that an exterior vendor that helped to create this cutscene mistakenly used this artwork as a reference, assuming it was official Bungie art work. We’re at present ready to listen to again from the artist to take the required steps to treatment this case.”

I am relieved to listen to they’re planning to compensate and credit score Faylona for his or her work. On the very least, having your creation be mistaken for official Bungie art work is a few type of praise. Nonetheless, making a mistake like this at such a vital juncture is tough, particularly for followers who had their preliminary reception of this story beat soured by the misstep.