Chinese Mobile Game Legend of Titan is a Blatant Overwatch Clone

Chinese Mobile Game Legend of Titan is a Blatant [i]Overwatch[/I] Clone

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There are rip-offs, and then there's this Chinese mobile game's direct copy of Overwatch. But it's not as bad as you might think.

Given the success that Overwatch has had so far, it shouldn't come as a surprise that people are trying to emulate it. After all, the game industry is full of games that have followed in the footsteps of successful titles that have come before. Borrowing ideas from successful games is one thing, but a one Chinese mobile developer looks to be taking things just a bit too far.

Called Legend of Titan, it not only emulates the game, it looks almost exactly like it, albeit in lower resolution. It's so blatant that it almost looks like they even used Blizzard's assets. Check out this trailer:

Pretty bad, right? But it turns out that it's not actually a game that's for sale, or so the developer claims. According to this Reddit translation, the developer made it as a tech demo, and has no plans to publish it.

That makes a lot more sense, because at first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that there were some serious shenanigans going on here.

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It's fine, just have one person on the Legend of Titan dev team use the Overwatch models in a 3rd party mod to get complete legal rights to them, that still works, right?

Damn I didn't think Blizzard could be bested by a Chinese Mobile dev, especially so soon, but here we have it.
It has no lootbox microtransactions. 10/10. Better than Overwatch.

Tech demo or no, they can still be sued by Blizzard Entertainment for what is clearly asset theft for use in a business advertisement or product.

I don't seen to notice anything different about Widowmaker in the rip off, look like the same thing to me? At least with Bastion, it look different in cannon mode.

It's not stealing if you break it into an undesirably inferior transformation first.
...right?

That's actually really funny

Legal issues aside, it is actually pretty impressive for a mobile game made by a small developer this soon after the release of the game.

Deathfish15:
Tech demo or no, they can still be sued by Blizzard Entertainment for what is clearly asset theft for use in a business advertisement or product.

I believe in China you can pretty much copyright infringe without any consequences.

hermes:
Legal issues aside, it is actually pretty impressive for a mobile game made by a small developer this soon after the release of the game.

Don't forget that there have been beta tests going on since October of last year.

Deathfish15:
Tech demo or no, they can still be sued by Blizzard Entertainment for what is clearly asset theft for use in a business advertisement or product.

RaikuFA:
I believe in China you can pretty much copyright infringe without any consequences.

China is full of such games. I remember watching a video on YouTube about their blatant copies of popular games. It was hilarious.

I find it funny how they gave all the characters a new look but with Widowmaker they just went "Ah, fuck it."

Kungfu_Teddybear:
I find it funny how they gave all the characters a new look but with Widowmaker they just went "Ah, fuck it."

Widowmaker AND Bastion.

I get the feeling that the "dev" got called out on this and they just back-pedalled and went "Oh no no, I didn't plan on releasing this as a game."

So is Overwatch Ripoff going to be a term that I hear alot lately for colorful shooters from now on just like everyone was calling Terraria a minecraft ripoff despite all details. I better buckle up for all of this but yeah this game seems like a blatant copy

As funny as it is, its also pretty sad. If you ask nearly military, economic or honest anthropologist; this is what Chinese society has been reduced to. China has basically been rendered incapable of inventing or creating anything. Almost every facet of their society from infrastructure, consumer goods, military equipment and tactics etc. is a blatant and cheap rip-off of Western and Russian ideas, concepts and goods.

Its why everything is so shitty in China; their engineers, designers, technicians etc. don't actually understand or know the process and methods or how to actually make things or what they're doing. They're copying and interpreting from things they see/stole from other countries. The ones that do get lost in the bureaucratic processes or actually get into trouble with the ruling party because the kind of knowledge that it takes to understand this kinds of things also tends to bring with it the question and doubt about the current system that gets people "disappeared".

Paragon Fury:
As funny as it is, its also pretty sad. If you ask nearly military, economic or honest anthropologist; this is what Chinese society has been reduced to. China has basically been rendered incapable of inventing or creating anything. Almost every facet of their society from infrastructure, consumer goods, military equipment and tactics etc. is a blatant and cheap rip-off of Western and Russian ideas, concepts and goods.

Its why everything is so shitty in China; their engineers, designers, technicians etc. don't actually understand or know the process and methods or how to actually make things or what they're doing. They're copying and interpreting from things they see/stole from other countries. The ones that do get lost in the bureaucratic processes or actually get into trouble with the ruling party because the kind of knowledge that it takes to understand this kinds of things also tends to bring with it the question and doubt about the current system that gets people "disappeared".

And the above is why China's official stance on any lawsuit regarding Copyright Infringement is as follows:

"Go fuck yourself."

:D

kenu12345:
So is Overwatch Ripoff going to be a term that I hear alot lately for colorful shooters from now on just like everyone was calling Terraria a minecraft ripoff despite all details. I better buckle up for all of this but yeah this game seems like a blatant copy

Yeah, Battleborn was the first one to receive such title, even though it was released before Overwatch. I do wonder if Paragon and Paladins are gonna be called Overwatch ripoffs when they release.

Can you even play the original Overwatch in China?

Igor-Rowan:

kenu12345:
So is Overwatch Ripoff going to be a term that I hear alot lately for colorful shooters from now on just like everyone was calling Terraria a minecraft ripoff despite all details. I better buckle up for all of this but yeah this game seems like a blatant copy

Yeah, Battleborn was the first one to receive such title, even though it was released before Overwatch. I do wonder if Paragon and Paladins are gonna be called Overwatch ripoffs when they release.

Most likely, when games become insanely popular its sort of a trend to start calling everything even remotely similar clones hence the terraria example earlier even though I am pretty sure the two were being developed before either knew of the other's existence

Rednog:
Damn I didn't think Blizzard could be bested by a Chinese Mobile dev, especially so soon, but here we have it.
It has no lootbox microtransactions. 10/10. Better than Overwatch.

I'm going to buy some lootboxes just to spite you.

In no way can I afford to, but I will.

Rednog:
Damn I didn't think Blizzard could be bested by a Chinese Mobile dev, especially so soon, but here we have it.
It has no lootbox microtransactions. 10/10. Better than Overwatch.

I do not make good choices at 5am.

Edit:

[05:25:49] Loop Stricken: A legendary skin!
[05:25:55] Loop Stricken: ... a fucking duplicate!
[05:29:05] Loop Stricken: A legendaroh it's currency.
[05:30:03] Loop Stricken: A legendaOH GOD NO IT'S YOUNG HANZO TAKE IT AWAY
[05:31:15] Loop Stricken: A legendaroh for fuck's sake it's another one for D.Va
[05:36:32] Loop Stricken: A legendARGH THE SAME GODDAMN YOUNG HANZO WHY
[05:38:30] Loop Stricken: Well, that was an experience.

Its China so I'm not really surprised. This is just what they do. I wonder if they even care about the reputation and image it gives.

Not a surprised at all.
If a Chinese Pharmamedical Company can take Ironman and make him their mascot, then everything is possible...

Also I already know there is a Dark Souls and Devil May Cry Clones.
Lets just enjoy them yo.

Paragon Fury:
As funny as it is, its also pretty sad. If you ask nearly military, economic or honest anthropologist; this is what Chinese society has been reduced to. China has basically been rendered incapable of inventing or creating anything. Almost every facet of their society from infrastructure, consumer goods, military equipment and tactics etc. is a blatant and cheap rip-off of Western and Russian ideas, concepts and goods.

Its why everything is so shitty in China; their engineers, designers, technicians etc. don't actually understand or know the process and methods or how to actually make things or what they're doing. They're copying and interpreting from things they see/stole from other countries. The ones that do get lost in the bureaucratic processes or actually get into trouble with the ruling party because the kind of knowledge that it takes to understand this kinds of things also tends to bring with it the question and doubt about the current system that gets people "disappeared".

Personally at least they are trying sometimes to change what they rip-off.
I LOVE the Iroman commercial. He is so Sentai Hero even if it last only seconds.

With Totally Original(tm) characters like:

Streetpig!

Tracy!

Trashmouse!

Soldier 67!

Mai!

Bulwark!

And many more! Get this Totally Original(tm) game today!

Paragon Fury:
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Interesting. I'm curious to look stuff up about that now, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a grain of truth in there. That stuff combined with China's humongous ageing problem means China's predicted dominance of the world is pretty much a myth.

Loop Stricken:

Edit:

[05:25:49] Loop Stricken: A legendary skin!
[05:25:55] Loop Stricken: ... a fucking duplicate!
[05:29:05] Loop Stricken: A legendaroh it's currency.
[05:30:03] Loop Stricken: A legendaOH GOD NO IT'S YOUNG HANZO TAKE IT AWAY
[05:31:15] Loop Stricken: A legendaroh for fuck's sake it's another one for D.Va
[05:36:32] Loop Stricken: A legendARGH THE SAME GODDAMN YOUNG HANZO WHY
[05:38:30] Loop Stricken: Well, that was an experience.

Hey now, Young Hanzo looks alright.

I mean, it's fucking Hanzo. But still.

I think RoadHog needs a 'sexy' skin. I'm a one-hero wonder.

kenu12345:
So is Overwatch Ripoff going to be a term that I hear alot lately for colorful shooters from now on just like everyone was calling Terraria a minecraft ripoff despite all details. I better buckle up for all of this but yeah this game seems like a blatant copy

I mean it's appropriate in this case because it is a genuine rip off of Overwatch.

Can't say I'm surprise there is a rip off Chinese mobile game of overwatch but admit I didn't expect them to be so blatant as to not even recolor widowmaker and bastion.

kenu12345:
So is Overwatch Ripoff going to be a term that I hear alot lately for colorful shooters from now on just like everyone was calling Terraria a minecraft ripoff despite all details. I better buckle up for all of this but yeah this game seems like a blatant copy

It's not uncommon for games in a new (sub)genre to be labelled 'Game X Ripoff' or 'Game X Clone' after the game that popularized it, at least until a proper term for said (sub)genre is formulated and gains enough traction in every day usage to replace the 'ripoff' and 'clone' labels. After all, there was a time, before the name first person shooter became in vogue, that all games in that genre got slapped with the label Doom Clone.

Paragon Fury:
As funny as it is, its also pretty sad. If you ask nearly military, economic or honest anthropologist; this is what Chinese society has been reduced to. China has basically been rendered incapable of inventing or creating anything. Almost every facet of their society from infrastructure, consumer goods, military equipment and tactics etc. is a blatant and cheap rip-off of Western and Russian ideas, concepts and goods.

Its why everything is so shitty in China; their engineers, designers, technicians etc. don't actually understand or know the process and methods or how to actually make things or what they're doing. They're copying and interpreting from things they see/stole from other countries. The ones that do get lost in the bureaucratic processes or actually get into trouble with the ruling party because the kind of knowledge that it takes to understand this kinds of things also tends to bring with it the question and doubt about the current system that gets people "disappeared".

Ironically I was just reading an article not long ago about how China developed the world's fastest Supercomputer and did it without using any outside technology (chips, etc...) which means that now two of the three fastest supercomputers on the planet are Chinese (the second fastest is also theirs but used American technology, the US has the third fastest computer).

Chimpzy:

kenu12345:
So is Overwatch Ripoff going to be a term that I hear alot lately for colorful shooters from now on just like everyone was calling Terraria a minecraft ripoff despite all details. I better buckle up for all of this but yeah this game seems like a blatant copy

It's not uncommon for games in a new (sub)genre to be labelled 'Game X Ripoff' or 'Game X Clone' after the game that popularized it, at least until a proper term for said (sub)genre is formulated and gains enough traction in every day usage to replace the 'ripoff' and 'clone' labels. After all, there was a time, before the name first person shooter became in vogue, that all games in that genre got slapped with the label Doom Clone.

Thing is things like this already have a label now and its usually not to say its a genre these days

Tortilla the Hun:

Deathfish15:
Tech demo or no, they can still be sued by Blizzard Entertainment for what is clearly asset theft for use in a business advertisement or product.

RaikuFA:
I believe in China you can pretty much copyright infringe without any consequences.

As soon as I opened this thread I was thinking about that Top Gear episode. I remember they also bring up how China made a ripoff of the BMW x5 and when BMW sued the auto maker the Chinese government pretty much said "nah, they look nothing alike" and that was that. Hope their new show keeps bringing the laughs.

Well, as they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. For all the shameless theft of the Chinese developer, I have to say I am impressed that they could run Overwatch (even in a stripped down form) on mobile hardware in such a short time. They may be thieves but at least they have some ingenuity. Now if only they also had some creativity...

 

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