Although it is one of the most iconic franchises in the gaming industry, Duke Nukem remains in a long slumber. Therefore, fans were excited when Blaze Entertainment announced that the 2 original installments will receive a remaster that will debut exclusively for Evercade. However, the hype turned to disappointment and mockery due to a controversy.
Shortly after the project, dubbed Duke Nukem 1+2 Remastered, was announced, those responsible shared key promotional art. To the naked eye, there is nothing that sticks out negatively and it looks like a standard image. However, and if we pay close attention, there are subtle details that raised more than a few eyebrows.
What happens is that many users began to notice some elements that seemed out of place such as the position of the legs and the finger on the trigger. Artists joined the conversation and also pointed out those strange details, concluding that the image was generated by artificial intelligence.
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Duke Nukem 1+2 Remastered promotional art was generated by artificial intelligence
The promotional image for the Duke Nukem collection is the work of Oskar Manuel, someone who describes himself as a “hybrid artist”. As highlighted by Kotaku, his portfolio at Art Station seems to be made up almost entirely of images generated by artificial intelligence.
It’s worth noting that the use of AI was apparently limited to the promotional image. So, it seems that the video game does not use this technology.
Image generated by AI
From his art station, you see this. But real artists would do a HUGE thinking about every. single. detail. AI will just do a mindless kitbash without understanding of the world, story, character, culture, anything. pic.twitter.com/u1M3RXxVRo
— Hanyuu_central (@HanyuuCentral) June 1, 2023
After user complaints, Blaze Entertainment found it necessary to address the controversy. In a statement posted on the official site, CEO Andrew Byatt acknowledged the incident, announced that the material provided by Oskar Manuel had been removed, and apologized.
“An artist has been commissioned to produce a main image for the new game Duke Nukem 1+2 Remastered developed by Blaze Entertainment. It is abundantly clear from the response on social media that the work of this commission fell short of the expectations and standards demanded by fans due to the artist’s use of AI,” the statement read.
“We are immediately removing art where possible and will announce a replacement commission in due course that best meets the expected standard. We would like to apologize to you, the fans, who felt passionate enough about this and rest assured that we are working to remedy it. We would also like to thank everyone who has participated in the project to date”, concludes Andrew Byatt’s message.
Undoubtedly, artificial intelligence is one of the controversial topics of recent months. Due to the rise of this technology, artists, screenwriters, actors and workers from other professional branches fear for their jobs.
But tell us, what do you think of this controversy? Do you think it’s wrong to use AI? Let us read you in the comments.
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