The First Descendant Accused of Using Nearly Identical Destiny 2 Icons

Nexon’s free-to-play action RPG, The First Descendant, has come under scrutiny for allegedly using icons strikingly similar to those in Destiny 2. Players have noted the similarities, describing the changes as minor tweaks, akin to a ‘copy my homework without making it look like you copied it’ scenario. This has led to accusations of plagiarism within the gaming community.

Similarities with Destiny 2

Paul Tassi from Forbes highlighted the issue, pointing out that while none of the icons are identical, the resemblances are unmistakable. The controversy has sparked discussions about the originality of The First Descendant’s design elements. Tassi also noted the presence of a gun in The First Descendant that resembles Destiny 2’s IKELOS series, raising further questions about the game’s design choices.

Icons Sourced from Iconduck

The icons in question seem to have been sourced from Iconduck, a site offering thousands of free, open-source icons and illustrations, including those from various franchises like Pokémon and Marvel’s Avengers. One particular pack, containing over 200 Destiny 2 icons, is available under the Creative Commons Zero v1.0 Universal license, allowing for personal and commercial use. The pack was created by Tom Chapman, who expressed his frustration on social media about the unauthorized use of his work by Iconduck.

Developer Response

Nexon has yet to comment on the allegations, leaving players and critics awaiting an official response. This isn’t the first instance of such accusations in the gaming world; earlier this year, Palworld developer Pocket Pair faced similar scrutiny for their game’s resemblance to Nintendo’s Pokémon.

The debate over the originality of The First Descendant’s design continues, with many questioning the ethics of using open-source assets in commercial games without proper attribution. How will Nexon address these accusations? Will this impact the game’s reception and future updates? The gaming community remains vigilant, seeking clarity and accountability from the developers.