After so many accusations of Paladins: Champions of the Realm copying content from Overwatch, finally, Paladins developer Hi-Rez Studios took its chance to fire back.
Blizzard recently announced Overwatch‘s 27th hero, Brigitte, who is a female tank-healer, coated in durable armor, and wielding a (Rocket) flail and (Barrier) shield combo. Hi-Rez president Stewart Chisam found some vague similarities between Overwatch‘s new hero and a character from Paladins, named Ash, which prompted him to make his suspicions known on Twitter.
Quick poll: If I happened to notice and point out any similarities between these two characters, would that make me the Pot calling the Kettle black, or the Kettle calling the Pot black? This will keep me up tonight unless I get a clear answer. pic.twitter.com/rt9j3NT0S0
— HiRezStew (@schisam) March 1, 2018
The post seemingly did not have the intended affect, with subsequent comments blowing up about the developer’s pettiness and unprofessionalism. Many also called out Hi-Rez’s repeated instances of alleged plagiarism, which the studio has had to actively defend on more than one occasion. In Chisam’s defense, the two characters do have mildly similar abilities, with both featuring a shield bash-type move, as well as a flag-based rallying ability.
As one fan points out in the post’s comments, inspiration for Brigitte instead likely came from Johanna, a crusader knight from Blizzard’s Diablo series. Fans can make out the comparisons from the image below.
Overwatch‘s new hero is now live on the game’s public test region, along with a helpful UI change to the shooter’s team screens, and both should be coming to the main game in the next few weeks.