Is Paladins nothing more than a clone of Overwatch? Not so, says the Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez, the developer for the upcoming game.Hi-Rez COO, Todd Harris, told IGN
that Overwatch "was not the inspiration for Paladins."
Harris reiterated that characters in Paladins who might be visually similar to ones in Overwatch were already playable and available to gamers in the beta version of Paladins before those similar characters were shown for Overwatch. Harris did compliment Overwatch, but he said that Team Fortress was the biggest inspiration for Paladins. He stated:
"While Overwatch is a fine game, it was not the inspiration for Paladins. Game development is an interactive process with ideas coming from many past projects. For the hero shooter genre, the game that deserves the most credit is Team Fortress 2. We released a TF2 inspired class-based shooter called Global Agenda way back in 2010. Paladins was conceived as a fantasy version of Global Agenda and of the approximately 85 combat abilities currently in Paladins, the vast majority are from the game Global Agenda we made 10 years ago.
Given the marketing of Overwatch many people do not even realize that some of our champions, like the mini-gun mech (Ruckus) and the ice block character (Evie), were available and playable in the Paladins Beta long before similar character abilities were shown in Overwatch. And specific features, such as Chests, were also demonstrated in Paladins ahead of Overwatch. People who are interested can see all this early gameplay footage on YouTube and come to their own conclusions."
The aforementioned IGN story also mentioned that the closed beta for Paladins actually started as far back as November 2015. Meanwhile, Overwatch's closed beta started slightly earlier in October 2015. The debate stemmed from a viral video
that addressed the alleged similarities of the games.
Paladins is available now for Windows PC via Steam Early Access.