South Korea-based Nexon has been caught using Diablo III art without Blizzard's permission to promote its MMORPG, Vindictus.

According to Kotaku, Nexon posted some new promo art (provided above) for its latest patch of Vindictus that reminded people of a certain popular dungeon-crawler. Nexon is mainly known for Maple Story, Atlantica Online, Dragon Nest and Vindictus. In case you've been living under a rock, that Vindictus picture is a quick and dirty Photoshop edit of Malthael, the main villain of Diablo III's Reaper of Souls expansion. To make things worse, the picture that Nexon used for the image was of Reaper of Souls' box art.

Just in case you need more convincing, here are some other pictures for reference:

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Nexon / Blizzard / Kotaku
Nexon / Blizzard / Kotaku

They put shadows over Malthael's blades, now that is gold.

Nexon removed the image from Vindictus' website and issued an apology, revealing that the company did not check the source of the image. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Nexon got caught using a picture without the original owner's permission.

Nexon / Inven

The above image was taken from Inven and shows how one of Nexon's games used a style of lingerie taken directly from a Victoria Secret runway show. As you would expect, Nexon apologized for this as well after removing it from the game. Great job, Nexon.

Currently, Nexon is working on the Western release of Ghost in the Shell Online.