Yesterday we covered that the wellness app Fabulous had done a little more than be inspired by Gris. Now the makers of the app and the artist responsible have come forward with an apology.
Fabulous hasn’t tried to deny the plagiarism and generally took to investigating the matter and working with Devolver with grace. “We’ve privately contacted Devolver Digital to resolve this. Any wrongdoing on our part was certainly not intentional.”
Fabulous co-founder and CEO Sami Ben Hassine shared the results of their investigation in a Medium blog post, offering up information on how this happened, but opting to keep the designer anonymous to protect them from blowback.
The designer was given a chance to offer a statement and details how they went from being inspired to things going out of control. “I fully realize that I ripped off the game now, but in the animation process that wasn’t my intention at all. AT ALL. I was so amazed by the game animation, especially of the character’s cape that looks so much like Amber’s cape and I had no idea back then how to animate her cape (cloth animation is one of the hardest things to do), so I played the game cinematic over and over and over again to grasp the cape mechanics.”
“For the [Fabulous] opening scene (Amber in the big hand) that looks like [the] Gris opening scene, I liked the scene so much and thought it would fit perfectly into the Hero Journey animation so I did something similar to it with no intention to do so. Then, the cape movements, I did something similar with the same mistake in mind: I was only referring to the cape mechanics. I took things way too far and what I thought I was managing got slipped out of my control without me even noticing.”
The animation has been removed from the app. Now to see if that is the end of the situation or not.