When a video game “takes” some gameplay mechanics and a core ‘feeling” from another title and tries to make it their own, that’s referred to as a clone. A great example of this is the recent Fortnite Battle Royale/PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds situation. However, there is such things as taken clones too far, such is the case with a Chinese company who apparently made not one but two games that were so like the Blizzard title Overwatch that the company has decided to take legal action.
As noted in this document (apologies for the rough translation), Chinese developer 4399 developed two titles called Hero Spear Battle and Spearhead War Line that infringe upon the rights of Blizzard, and by extension Overwatch. In statement, they noted:
“Intellectual property is the core of our value and is the foundation that brings out an excellent gaming experience for many users.In terms of infringement of intellectual property rights and unfair competition We will treat it by law. ”
If you’re curious as to what their plans are, they’re taking steps to shut down the games and get them removed from all stores. In fact, Spearhead War Line has already gotten its services terminated on PC, they work fast.
As sad and ironic as it sound this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Many “bootleg” versions of classic titles get made and distributed. As recalled on Reddit, there was a Team Fortress 2 clone that wasn’t even funny in how much it copied the original game. There was also a Marvel game clone of sorts where the visuals were an almost exact match for the classic comic book characters, they just altered the names a little.
So, let this be a warning to anyone who tries to leech off of Blizzard’s success, they will find you if you try it.