Copycats of famous video game titles are not a new thing. Some of them are so well created that could even be mistaken for the real deal when seen for the first time. Overwatch is a game that was many times copied by other MOBA FPS titles but there is one that took it a bit too far. Heroes of Warfare is a mobile copy of Overwatch which is currently being hunted down by Blizzard China and NetEase, Overwatch’s Chinese operator.
Many other games have been accused of copying Overwatch including Paladins which, after this one, seems like a completely new and unique title with no copies (sort of).
Heroes of Warfare is amazingly a really smooth copy of Overwatch. Compared to the laggy versions we’ve seen earlier this year this one is pretty decent. That doesn’t cancel the fact that it’s a chewed up gameplay and the graphic environment we’ve been seeing in Overwatch for a long time. Character look the same and even have the same weapons and abilities (even though that Genji being a woman is a nice touch) and maps have exactly the same patterns, camp
Character look the same and even have the same weapons and abilities (even though that Genji being a woman is a nice touch) and maps have exactly the same patterns, camp spots, and health pack locations. Even the health bars above the players and the victory scene are the same.
Blizzard China and NetEase say the game violates intellectual property and violates China’s unfair competition law and demands an apology and restitution from the developer that created Heroes of Warfare. As to the closure of the game, they already asked Apple to remove the game from the App Store.
Let’s hope the Heroes of Warfare situation comes to a conclusion soon and Blizzard finds some kind of “justice” out of this since Overwatch is one of the most copied video game titles in recent memory.