Gameloft Breaks Out the Clone Machine for WoW-Like Order & Chaos

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Gameloft Breaks Out the Clone Machine for WoW-Like Order & Chaos

Gameloft is working on a new title that's remarkably similar to World of Warcraft.

If you haven't heard of Gameloft, the company is primarily known for developing and publishing a mobile phone games, some of which are extremely reminiscent of titles made by other companies. One of Gameloft's latest is a game called Order & Chaos, which likely takes inspiration from popular Blizzard MMO World of Warcraft.

Order & Chaos is an MMO for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Creating a portable MMO that's similar to World of Warcraft is probably not a bad idea when it comes to sales. However, Order & Chaos is similar in such a way that it'll make anyone with morals say: "Ugh."

The Order & Chaos teaser trailer shows off environments and characters that look like they were copied and pasted practically straight from World of Warcraft. It features humans, night elves, undead (with mohawks), and orcs. Even the armor and weapon designs look familiar.

I'm not saying that Blizzard, or any company, has a monopoly on orcs, but given Gameloft's track record I think it's pretty safe to say the company thought it'd be a good idea to clone World of Warcraft, just as it did with previous titles that are similar to Starcraft and Uncharted. Take a look:


Should Gameloft be condemned for its actions? I, for one, wouldn't mind playing a game like World of Warcraft or Starcraft on my phone, and Gameloft's at least appear to be of decent quality. Still, it's hard to support a company which is so blatantly taking ideas from other companies, even if those companies aren't working on mobile versions of their games.

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Are.. are you sure you posted the right video?

That just looks like the vanilla WoW teaser.

And if it isn't, then MY GOD, make your own game!

this honestly sounds like a good idea in my opinion, the other ripoffs are very obvious ripoffs, but Allods was an obvious rip off of WoW and it was good... for some reason copying doesn't seem as bad when it is copying of a good mmo, otherwise it's just kind of infuriating

Honestly, let's just hope Blizzard doesn't get any ideas. Imagine if they made a portable way to play WoW. God help us all...

I don't mind Gameloft because the majority of their clones aren't actually that bad. And they're not illegal.

Terrible ethics, I am appalled by the lack of creativity.

Other than that, smart move. Is a good market to try and take. Hell, I'd be tempted assuming it has no subscription fee.

EDIT: Actually, a lot of their stuff looks fun. I guess they know what they're doing, they just can't be bothered designing their own games.

I assumed the title meant they were copying something like the gameplay mechanics, not the races and models as well. Kind of a low blow, but people will buy what they want. This makes me think back on the article about that Minecraft clone coming out for XBL.

I suppose if they're of good quality...
I mean, the game's industry isn't above "homages," but at the very least they should make an effort to expand from their inspiration.

My jaw literally dropped as I watched the Starfront trailers (seriously, Starfront?) because it was exactly a reskinned (and not even that obviously reskinned) Starcraft.

I mean, ok. A handheld RTS or third person shooter sounds cool. I understand you need to take inspiration from somewhere. But, my god...

This looks almost exactly like WoW. The Undead even stand in the same way!

I got extremely annoyed watching all of those videos. There's a difference between deriving ideas from elsewhere, and straight up copying them.

Frostbite3789:
I got extremely annoyed watching all of those videos. There's a difference between deriving ideas from elsewhere, and straight up copying them.

I guess the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Still, it could be worse.

They could be Zynga.

Order and Chaos? Why don't they just call it Generic Internet Game Thing if they're going to be so lazy?

Quick signal the CLONE alarm and alert Blizzard to the fact that people are trying to make money off of their game concept.

I know Gameloft they are the people who say on the APP story for my ipod touch that their game is free and that I don't have to pay for it. Then it says it is a demo after playing for 20 minutes trying to figure out how it works and it costs 10$ to play the full version.

Also I don't see how it would work on the ipod. Their other games are hard enough to play without having lots of buttons on the screen.

Serves Blizzard right for not getting there first, if they manage to get the controls and UI right then it could be fantastic.

Aaaand Blizzard has not done the same? Sure they havent demanded money for it, but what they did on Starcraft 2 was a pretty big 'screw you' to Valve.

Watched the Shadow Guardian vid, and instantly lost any respect for them. That's not how you spell "buried" >_>

Gindil:

Frostbite3789:
I got extremely annoyed watching all of those videos. There's a difference between deriving ideas from elsewhere, and straight up copying them.

I guess the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Still, it could be worse.

They could be Zynga.

inb4 Zynga buys them, because they like their style. You know, not doing a whole lot of actual work. Making money.

Nothing is new in this world. Blizzard should get their act together and create a portable version of WoW, I can't see this being more popular when established WoW players can use their characters and items etc

Five bucks says that one of their press reps slips up and says "Horde" instead of "Chaos" in a release.

It is a pretty lame thing to make such blatantly copied games like that. I mean, seriously, MMOs are pretty formulaic. Would it be *that* hard to make something a bit different?

meh so what, blizzard blatantly stole warcraft and starcraft from games workshop/warhammer but so what?

the proper response would be to release a better "offical" mobile game, and that way everyone benefits

That's not a clone of WoW. It's not even a carbon copy of WoW. That's WoW with a lower polygon count and worse textures.

I'm all for hating Blizzard, but this is just screwed up. The lack of originality is... appalling.

DId anyone see that Crixus dude?
Maybe we can expect a Spartacus themed game soon :D

Wow! When i read "...Breaks Out the Clone Machine for WoW..." I was expecting something like Rift where it has the same feel to it. Not a xerox'd version of WoW.

This is beyond "lack of originality". This kind of art theft or whatever you would call it takes effort

Gameloft made me put down iPhone gaming for good. They bully the creative developers out of their work by spewing rubbish 3D game clones. Not a good series has been left unharmed.

Are you going to give us a write up of this game too, Tom? :D

Copy a turd...guess what? It is STILL a turd.

Are these "game developers" (I guess you can call them that)like the lowest of the low feeding off the companies that make good games because they cant come with any ideas at all.

I understand copying some good ideas from games but Gameloft is just like that person in class who would always just copy and paste there report from a site and not even bother changing any words at all.

I have two thoughts on this.

1. Of course it's a rip off of WoW. Emulating the biggest game on a different platform makes perfect sense. Now, this game will be crap like the majority of smartphone games. I can't imagine it would be fun to play at all. Smartphone games in and of themselves are just time killers and not really a platform where any serious gamer would direct attention unless they simply had nothing better to do with themselves. But, that is just my opinion.

2. WoW is itself a derivative of many other things. It was not an original idea when they made a fantasy based MMO. It's not a bad game, but WoW isn't the first to do a lot of things. It's hardly fair to call an emulator of a derivative a cheap attempt to steal ideas from it's betters. Even if one is wildly successful. I still play WoW occasionally. It's come a long way from what it was.

This isn't really newsworthy I think. But, what else is new.

FallenTraveler:
this honestly sounds like a good idea in my opinion, the other ripoffs are very obvious ripoffs, but Allods was an obvious rip off of WoW and it was good... for some reason copying doesn't seem as bad when it is copying of a good mmo, otherwise it's just kind of infuriating

Allods, as much as I disapprove of that game for other reasons, is FAR from a WoW ripoff. Runes of Magic? Yes, definite ripoff, but at least Allods tries to differentiate itself from World of Warcraft.

Besides, who hasn't made a F2P ripoff of WoW anyways? Gameloft is just stupid enough to do an unabashed ripoff.

Well gee by The Escapist's logic Gameloft should be invited with open arms into next year's March Mayhem right? I mean hell, if you're willing to promote a company of bottom feeders like Zynga then a company like Gameloft that steals the ideas of others and actually offers a quality product should be a no-brainer eh?

Just so you people know, one of the Technical Directors who works at Blizzard has a brother who works in GameLoft.

They currently using GameLoft to dip-and-test the mobile market via a smaller company, and most likely, GameLoft will stay a proxy for such things.

Now as to 'if' the Technical Director plans on defecting Blizzard or they plan on merging the assets of both company under a common publisher behind the scenes is currently unknown. However, in all cases, it doesn't change anything since both companies share many people (either family members or ex-members).

Somebody ought to throw these hacks into jail a pit of Attack Dogs.

I love how the graphics in the mobile game still manage to look better than the PC WoW.

Lovely how the haters even manage to hate on Blizzard in this news.

I just wish Gameloft copies Mass Effect 2 and the whole escapist crowed just tolerating the WoW and Starcraft theft get ridiculously mad.

Sure they may lack creativity, but do you guys see anything else that is better? Since not to many other companies have been throwing their hat in to the mobile market, it is better to have these clones because otherwise there would be nothing else.

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