Let’s Talk: Overwatch vs. Paladins

Paladins Open Beta

Okay, so the word drek probably isn’t used because most of these people are just awful, illiterate dullards. Nonetheless, one of the big things in the news is Todd Harris, co-founder of HiRez Studios addressing the claims that Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a ripoff of Overwatch. Are you kidding me right now? Is that news? Some of the claims are “characters look similar” and “it’s a team-based arena-style shooter”, and “they both have ultimates that charge up”. These are actual gripes. Todd took to the internet and dropped a pretty lengthy explanation on what inspired Paladins.

Paladins Drogoz Teaser

Now granted, I don’t spend a lot of time with Paladins, but I did spend my share of looking at the Closed Beta. It was originally supposed to be a fantasy version of their game “Global Agenda”. That makes sense. I just don’t understand though! This art style is not exactly something unique, new, or special. Team Fortress 2 inspired Paladins, and so many other team-based shooters. An art style that’s gone everywhere. Even World of Warcraft has stepped up their cinematic game of late. It seems pretty ludicrous for someone who created such a tremendous title to have to go and defend themselves on the Internet instead of simply loving it or not loving it. Don’t like how it looks/plays? Go play something else! That’s not a reason to go be a dick. Sure, you have that ability because “Internet”, but man. It’s a graphical style that’s been embraced by so many companies because [in my opinion] someone would see something familiar and be interested, because it will require maybe less work to get into. Or simply it’ll look visually familiar and said players will be drawn to it. I’m not an expert, but I just think instead of shitting on someone’s parade, we should give them the benefit of the doubt instead of immediately yelling them down because we don’t like something. Overwatch wasn’t the first, guys. I know it’s Blizzard, but they aren’t exactly innovators. It’s no big secret they got most of their cool stuff from Warhammer and Everquest. But that doesn’t change that I love their products.

tl;dr: Can we, as a community not be dicks? Just once? I enjoy most of the games involved, but fuck. Let’s just be happy that games are coming out.


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