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Chinese Overwatch clone League of Titans was a tech-demo and will never be released, says producer

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Update 16 Jun, 2016: A translation on Reddit has indicated that League of Titans is never intended to release, it's simply a tech demo for a new piece of software.

Turns out the Overwatch rip-off that looked decidedly past the point of reasonable copy, even for legendarily copyright-shy China, wasn't a game at all, but a tech demo. At least, that's what a translation of an official statement by a producer.

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Translated on Reddit, the producer says that "When the real game come out, you will see nothing relevant to Blizzard's design element. We show the video to prove our browser game design techniques and want to find someone cooperating with us on a similar game on web page." They also clarify that what is being demo'd is actually a web game, and they wanted to show how Blizzard's game design could be used in that space.

Have a look at the full translation here, or the original interview if you can read Chinese.

Here's the original trailer if you missed it:

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Original story 14 Jun, 2016: If you want to be momentarily lost for words, watch the trailer for League of Titans. It’s a new Chinese FPS game featuring a very, very familiar set of characters. Yup: they’ve ripped off Overwatch like no one was watching. 

We’d seen some artwork for League of Titans a few weeks ago, but the trailer really shows off just how deep the plagiarism goes. Many of the Overwatch cast have been copied to such an extent you have to ask if the developer somehow ripped the model files from Blizzard’s game and imported them into their engine. Characters like Tracer and Widowmaker are practically identical, even down to the way they move when doing signature abilities. 

Below is the embedded video, although you're now too late to behold the shameless spectacle as Activision have sent their lawyers after it.

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Elsewhere there are minor changes; Reinhardt uses an axe rather than a hammer, and has a slightly more eastern vibe to his design. Pharah is almost identical in regards to her armour and rocket launcher, but it appears she’s now a dude. Reaper looks like he’s spent a holiday weekend in a Death Wish manga, but he’s still rocking that ghostwalk-style ability. 

While the game’s framerate is abysmal and the effects are dreadful, the audacity of the clone is remarkable. The developer has even used the same icons for every character, albeit the Shift and E abilities are displayed the opposite way around on the HUD. But check out those Ultimate icons in the middle of the screen: they’re just plain robbed from the original.

The maps are less blatant copies, but you can still tell exactly what they’re based on. The majority of the trailer takes part in Titans’ version of Hanamura, with its Japanese-influenced architecture. 

I’d say there’s no way this could make it to market, but that would only be true in the west, where copyright law would be dropping hammers all over it. But China is well known for it’s rip-offs and piracy markets, so it wouldn’t surprise me if this lives on with no hassle at all.

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Jenks Avatar
1 Year ago

This is as bad as the time some company remade Dune 2 with a Warhammer skin and pretended it was their original IP.

huldu Avatar
1 Year ago

It's pretty funny. I've never played any of the China rip-offs but they do love making them and some I believe are quite popular even.

*sigh* Avatar
1 Year ago

Reminds me of that TF2 knock off they made. Final combat.

Powersheild Avatar
1 Year ago

It's actually called Legend of Titans I believe...

AnAuldWolf Avatar
1 Year ago

What I find startling about this is that... I don't know if I can even type this because I'm a bit shellshocked. This Chinese rip-off of Overwatch has a less exploitative view of women than Overwatch itself does. A Chinese game is less aimed at the otaku mindset than a Western one.

Okay, so... first things first.

When the frig did I land in Bizarro World? Was I taken in my sleep or something? I don't see everyone starting their posts with 'me am' so I can only assume that there's been a push for better speaking and self expression here of late.

I mean, usually it's an established thing that women in Asian games will be... um... questionable, to say the least. Sometimes right up to exploitative. TERA's boob physics come to mind. That's just their culture, though, so I expect that. I mean, it's great that they're a little bit better today, with this, but it means they're no longer predictable, nor is the West.

And I just feel turned on my head.

The best example is the woman at the back left of the line-up. And yes, that's a woman. That's what a woman body-builder looks like. Zarya fucking isn't. Zarya has a baby face, giant breasts, an hourglass (if chubs) figure, and baggy pants to make her legs look bigger than they are. And her armour's colour layout is even meant to imply an hourglass figure, just look at it. It's been talked about on Tumblr a lot. Zarya is a skeevy, manipulative attempt to sort of offer a muscular woman (who isn't really) whilst at the same time giving her the body type that the Overwatch otaku fans drool after as desirable 'waifu' traits. Similar to how Mei's coat hides her hourglass but voluptuous figure, shown in the concept art and many extrapolative art pieces fans have done. So basically offering a fat character, but not really.

Blizzard even gave their Samus rip-off (which very much is a Samus rip-off) a battle thong. Excuse the language, but allow me to stress this. They gave her a fucking battle fucking thong.

Battle. Thong.

That's why Overwatch is so skeevy to me. It's women to drool over. I can't play it for that reason. I have respect for a gender that's experienced too much of this shit already. It's why I play Battleborn instead. Battleborn, a game that had a woman who was so much a flat-chested tomboy that Overwatch players were convinced she was a man.

I'm talking about Shayne, of course.

So, yeah. I don't know what to think any more. ¯\(°~o)/¯

Edit: Here's an image detailing what I mean about Zarya.

Un-body-builder-like big boobs? Check!

A colour layout designed to imply an hourglass figure? Check!

Blocky, baggy pants to make her legs look bigger than they are? Check!

A soft baby face which body-builders really don't have? Check!

It's just so skeevy. The Chinese one is better! The Chinese one is an accurate portrayal of women body-builders. Just Google image search for 'woman body builder' if you don't believe me.

IT IS HIM Avatar
1 Year ago

I can't tell if this is a joke or not. If not.. kinda pathetic

Shriven Avatar
1 Year ago

What you been smoking?