Zelda-Inspired Games Releasing Before Breath of the Wild 2 Are Angering Some Fans
However, some fans are not happy about the comparison. Daniel Ahmad (who attended the ChinaJoy conference) took to Twitter to relay what was happening on the show floor. He tweeted:
‘Some fans of BOTW are upset that Sony is promoting this game because of the similarities + they think it’s shameless of Sony. This man smashed his PS4 at ChinaJoy in protest.’
Indeed, an enraged man appeared to smash a PS4 Pro in a bizarre protest against the game. And this man wasn’t alone in his fury at Genshin Impact.
Several ChinaJoy attendees made their way to the Genshin Impact booth to make obscene gestures, all while holding their Nintendo Switch consoles and copies of Breath of the Wild in the air.
It certainly seems as though frayed tempers are leading to some unsavoury acts, but are criticisms of BOTW-inspired games valid? Let’s step away from the protests and consider that question on its own.
Firstly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being inspired by a particular piece of media and taking that inspiration into your own creative endeavours. Game designers have been inspiring each other for decades and that’s perfectly healthy!
What seems to anger some fans is when a game crosses a line, becoming a ‘copycat’ or ‘clone’ of a particular game. But where inspiration ends and copycatting begins is difficult to say, especially when a game isn’t even out and available to play yet.
When it comes to Decay of Logos and Genshin Impact, fans and reviewers will be able to offer their opinions when they play the finished games.
You can get your hands on Decay of Logos at the end of this month, and Genshin Impact is scheduled for a 2020 release. As for Breath of the Wild 2, you may still be waiting for a while.
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