Blaze Entertainment has apologised for using AI-generated artwork in a promo for Duke Nukem. The company recently commissioned artist Oskar Manuel to create a new lead image for Duke Nukem 1+2 Remastered to celebrate them coming to Evercade.
Upon the promo’s release, fans became suspicious that some of the work was AI-generated. One image, for instance, shows an odd grey patch between Duke’s gun and his arm that doesn’t match the rest of the backdrop. Additionally, a quick look at the artist’s Art Station profile shows that most of his work is AI-Generated. Outraged fans quickly took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
“Your ‘award-winning artist’ is using AI. Next time hire a real artist like Victor Gadino, who produced the art for Duke Nukem Zero Hour,” Tweeted one user.
Another user, named Hanyuu_central, took the time to take the sketch apart and note the problematic areas.
Blaze Entertainment apologizes for AI art
CEO of Blaze Entertainment, Andrew Byatt has since released a brief statement apologising for using AI-generative artwork.
“It is abundantly clear from the response on social media that the work on this commission has fallen below the expectation and standards demanded by fans due to the artists’ use of AI in the process,” says Byatt in the statement.
“We are immediately removing the art where possible to do so and will be announcing a replacement commission in due course that better meets the high standard expected,” says the statement continues. “We would like to apologise to you, all of the fans, who have felt passionately about this enough and please be assured are working to remedy this.”
However, the statement doesn’t clarify whether Blaze Entertainment commissioned the artist specifically to create AI art for the promo. Manuel himself has yet to comment.
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