Game developers borrowing ideas from one another isn’t uncommon in the games industry, and it can even lead to some memorable innovations, but one shameless rip-off of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch may have taken the practice too far.
Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a first-person, arena-based “champion” shooter in which players duke it out over objectives with a selection of different characters offering various abilities. Admittedly, Overwatch was hardly the first to pioneer this general format, but the degree to which Paladins specifically mimics Overwatch is cringe-worthy.
The most egregious copy-and-pasting is found in the hero design, and for those that may have missed some comparisons in Paladins‘ above open beta trailer, here is a breakdown:
- 0:01 ? Soldier with standard assault rifle, dressed in blue, and sporting a scar on his face (Soldier: 76)
- 0:03 ? A hero wielding a handheld, pistol-like weapon and looking very much like the bringer of death (Reaper)
- 0:08 ? A young, spunky female, dressed in blue with a large cylinder carried on her back (Mei)
- 0:12 ? A large character dual-wielding a hook-chain and shotgun grabs an enemy from distance and pulls them close for a blast to the face (Roadhog)
- 0:15 ? While this doesn’t appear to be the same character as before, this hero shoots blue/white projectiles from a pistol-like weapon full of blue liquid (Mei)
- 0:19 ? Character cries “Death Awaits You All” while seemingly performing an Ultimate ability (Reaper)
- 0:21 ? Character rolls toward enemies before exploding, seemingly on command (Junkrat, specifically his Ultimate ability, RIP-Tire)
- 0:30 ? An airborne hero wielding an apparent rocket launcher flies into a large, knight-like hero hiding behind an energy shield (Pharah and Reinhardt, respectively
- 0:43 ? A short, dwarf-looking engineer with a large beard, a shotgun, and a turret (Torbjörn. Oh, come on!)
The list of confirmed characters along with other details on the game can be found on Paladins‘ official website where the similarities continue to astonish.
The game’s developer is listed as Hi-Rez Studios, makers of Smite, but it would be fair to say Blizzard should probably get a co-design credit for Paladins. The game’s open beta is now available on Steam, so gamers can go find out if the gameplay is as similar to Overwatch as it seems.
Source: Hi-Rez Studios