Chinese gaming giant Tencent recently unveiled its new MMORPG, Tarisland, and it didn’t take long for fans to realize it bore a temporary resemblance to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft game.
Like WoW, Tarisland looks like a fantasy MMO with an exaggerated, more cartoonish art style. There are paladins living in a giant tree, mages, dragons, elves interested in the color purple and more. Of course, this wouldn’t be enough to warrant the clone tag, but a closer look reveals that many of the characters and environments in the game appear to have been generously borrowed from WoW. In particular, the designs of elementals, dragons, airships, and even some of the game’s playable classes and races seem heavily inspired by Blizzard’s signature style.
The game’s announcement trailer even features a dragon that looks incredibly similar to WoW’s Deathwing landing on the walls of a city, in a scene very reminiscent of the WoW movie: Cataclysm. Tarisland is even looking to include Dragonriding, the well-received major new WoW feature released as part of the game’s Dragonflight expansion.
This has led many creators and WoW fans to mention Tencent in the WoW subreddit for lack of authenticity. Twitch streamer MrGM released the game’s announcement trailer on: Twitter“This new game from Tencent feels extremely familiar,” he says. This tweet caused a stir answer By Chris Metzen, one of the founders of WoW, who recently announced that he will be joining the WoW development team as a creative consultant.
Tarisland’s announcement came as Blizzard’s Chinese gaming services, including WoW, were shut down on January 23, marking the end of Blizzard’s 14-year partnership with China’s NetEase Games. Blizzard is currently looking for a new partner to publish its games in China, but meanwhile it recently offered NetEase a six-month extension to its current deal. This offer was rejected by NetEase, citing unfair and unequal treatment. Blizzard will allow Chinese WoW players to download character data until game services are relaunched.
Source: Creo Community
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