Paladins Strike Steals Overwatch Art, Studio Offers Explanation
It’s been a rough ride for Hi-Rez Studios and their hero shooter title Paladins. When the game initially arrived, it was essentially ripped apart by gamers everywhere for being an Overwatch clone. There’s been no denying the comparison between the two, but Hi-Rez has been able to turn things around since the title’s early days. That being said, controversy has recently found its way back to the developer with their mobile title Paladins Strike.
The latest blunder to strike the studio comes in the form of some art that appears to be stolen from Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. It was spotted in the background of a Paladins Strike promo image that was showing off the Covert Ops skin. First, let’s take a look at what the mobile title came up with:
Seems fairly harmless, right? Well, Reddit was beyond prepared to spot the similarities between the background of the promo image above and the art used for Overwatch’s Lijiang Tower. Take a look for yourself below:
We don’t know about you, but the resemblance is uncanny. It should also be noted that Paladins Strike is developed in China, where laws are a bit more forgiving than in the United States. This, of course, did not prevent Hi-Rez from issuing a response:
“First thing, thank you for your diligence in pointing this out. This art was created by a overseas partner studio for paladins strike and had not much in the way of oversight in its content creation by anyone internally at Hi-Rez. We will be looking into this immediately.
Moving forward we are well underway in a bit of a shift in how I plan to see our splash art executed to make things feel a little more unique to paladins that should hopefully allow us to control content creation better with a larger quality of output to boot, stay tuned.”
It’s nice to see the studio working to tackle the issue, but only time will tell how well they can accomplish this. They’ll need to remain diligent in catching this sort of thing, lest they want legal action brought upon them by the giant that is Blizzard.
Paladins Strike is currently available on Android and iOS devices. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news going on right now, check out the following:
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.