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There's a Chinese Overwatch clone that turns Winston into a panda

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With over 30 million players and counting, Overwatch is a phenomenon. And yet, it’s unfair to say that other hero shooters such as Paladins, Paragon, and Battleborn are imitators, as they emerged contemporaneously. Well, if Overwatch hasn’t had a clone yet, it certainly does now: meet Hero Mission.

We doubt this will make our list of the best FPS games on PC, and not just because it's on mobile.

Hero Mission is a Chinese hero shooter for mobile platforms. It has a vibrant roster that, putting it diplomatically, takes inspiration from Overwatch’s cast. There’s a sultry femme fatale named Black Widow; a McCree-esque cowgirl with, inevitably, very few clothes; and an assault rifle-toting cyborg named Soldier 9527, which presumably makes him 125.3 times better than Soldier: 76. 

All subtlety is purged from Blizzard’s own inspiration, as Road Hog has now become a blatant copy of Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road, mask and all. In fairness to Hero Mission, though, there’s at least one area where I think they’ve improved on the original’s design: Winston is now a panda. There’s a legendary skin for your next event, Blizzard. 

Overwatch isn’t the only property that Hero Mission riffs on (or rips off). There’s a Stormtrooper knocking about in the alternate skins, and Final Fantasy’s Sephiroth is standing in for Genji.

How many more can you spot? You can check out gameplay on YouTube courtesy of Tiểu Nhất or Gamer Turkey (embedded below):

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If you speak Chinese, feel free to learn more at the website. Thanks to ponpo on NeoGAF.  

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10 Months ago

"Paragon.... are imitators"!?! Seriously have you ever played Paragon? Its not even close to an FPS, it's even unfair to compare it to LoL or DOTA2 but it's not even close to over watch.

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10 Months ago

Is the Chinese court system so corrupt they blatantly ignore blatant copyright infringement like this? Its not just copying art assets or inspired by content its outright theft of the entire game.

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10 Months ago

They're not corrupt. Well, they're that as well, but in case of copyright 99% of the time they protect the "local business" from the "foreign invaders". It's kind of state policy there to blatantly ignore international law in such matters.

This isn't just about video games. Cars, watches, clothing ... anything you can think of is probably cloned in China.

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10 Months ago

So they blatantly disregard international law while their "local businesses" wait for others do all the work spend on r&d and then just steal the fruits of other peoples labour? Thats not acceptable business practice anywhere in the world . Its theft plain and simple.

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10 Months ago

Yes, it is. But China operates under its own set of rules :)

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10 Months ago

We're talking about the TF2 clone Overwatch, right?

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10 Months ago

Overwatch is more of a case of inspired by what we are talking about is a pretty obvious theft dont be a smart ass.

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10 Months ago

Request denied.

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