You know, I think I've asked this question before, but I don't ever remember seeing a satisfactory answer.
Does anyone know how it is that Blizzard was able to completely duplicate the Warhammer universe in Warcraft.. and more to the point, the Warhammer 40K universe in Starcraft?
Granted, it's far more simplified... but you'd be hardpressed to tell me that the Zerg and Protoss aren't merely 'tweaked' versions of the Tyranid and Eldar races. I mean, there are even DARK ELDAR^H^H^H^H^HPROTOSS!
Vehicles, unit types, etc... they all seem lifted directly out of the 40K setting.
How are they able to do that and not be slapped with a lawsuit? Was there one, and I just missed it? An out of court settlement?
I was just thinking about it recently, since Dawn of War was released... and obviously has an official 40K license.