Overwatch has now become a massive success of a game, but because of it reigning the top spots, it does cast a long shadow. Those who are hit by that shadow are known to go about two choices: to try and take Blizzard’s game out of its throne with an entirely new concept, or try and beat the game with a title born out of its likeness. For what many people see as to the creation of Hi-Rez, it would be the latter choice.
Hi-Rez Studio’s Paladins Title Reports That it is Not a Clone of Overwatch
Paladins has just entered open beta status just recently, and many players, especially those who have already known and experienced what Overwatch has to offer, have noticed clear similarities between the two titles. In fact, the speculations are so loud within the gaming community, that COO of Hi-Rez Todd Harris addressed the matter in the following statement he provided towards IGN: “While Overwatch is a fine game, it was not the inspiration for Paladins,” Harris explains. “Game development is an interactive process with ideas coming from many past projects. For the hero shooter genre, the game that deserves the most credit is Team Fortress 2.”
The Hi-Rez COO also states that, if anything, Paladins is a “fantasy version” of the studio’s own class-based shooting title, Global Agenda, in which was influenced by the company’s own Team Fortress 2. As per Harris, “of the approximately 85 combat abilities currently in Paladins, the vast majority are from the game Global Agenda we made 10 years ago.”
He also added the following in his statement: “Given the marketing of Overwatch many people do not even realize that some of our champions, like the mini-gun mech (Ruckus) and the ice block character (Evie), were available and playable in the Paladins Beta long before similar character abilities were shown in Overwatch. And specific features, such as Chests, were also demonstrated in Paladins ahead of Overwatch. People who are interested can see all this early gameplay footage on YouTube and come to their own conclusions.”
Harris didn’t stop there as he soon took to Twitter over his thoughts about the gaming community comparing Paladins over Overwatch. In his Twitter account, he tweeted and promised that he’d “post a bit more history / details tonight on Paladins subreddit,” in which he already did. In his post in the popular Internet forum, he makes a strong case for the studio’s Paladins game to being an evolution of Global Agenda, rather than something cloned out of Blizzard’s hit game.
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