MMORPG game for mobile phones, accused of being a clone of Genshin Impact, Legend of Neverland is expected to be released soon worldwide. See a little of the game and understand the controversy
miHoYo's action-RPG game Genshin Impact continues to be extremely popular around the world and, of course, this popularity attracts the attention of other producers looking to get a “slice of the pie” by offering something that is similar with the hit game of the time. And that's exactly where comes a new game called The Legend of Neverland which aims to capitalize upon your success.
After its initial unveiling, Genshin Impact was met with rave reviews from both the public and the general media, with many fans of the Legend of Zelda series immediately drawing parallels to Breath of the Wild and miHoYo's game. While Genshin Impact may have been inspired by Nintendo's critically acclaimed title, the ARPG's overall gameplay is completely different from Link's own adventure. In fact, anyone who has played or even watched any broadcast will know how different the two titles are from each other.
However, the same can't be said for The Legend of Neverland – a new mobile MMORPG that looks a lot like the colorful world of Teyvat. Not only does it use the same battle system and art design, but there are also a number of other mechanics that seem to bear an alarming resemblance to miHoYo's acclaimed gacha title.
Launch of Gesnhin Impact clone on mobile
The similarities with Genshin Impact are very evident. The Legend of Neverland was published by Hong Kong developers GameArk Global. According to the game's official page, players can freely switch between classes at any time, combining their attacks and skills. If that wasn't enough, there also seems to be a little traveling companion who seems to have been inspired by Paimon – his “emergency food” from Genshin Impact.
Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad posted his findings on Twitter, and stated that The Legend of Neverland “uses the same artwork, font, designs and other mechanisms used in Genshin. Even the ads influence the aspect of Genshin Impact with recreation almost 1:1.”
Daniel also highlighted how one of the characters in The Legend of Neverland bears a striking resemblance to the character Amber from Genshin Impact, the pyro archer residing in Mondstadt and a member of the Knights of Favonius. He also found that areas of the Mondstadt region of the Genshin Impact appeared in the mobile game's promotional art.
Is it really a clone of Genshin Impact?
Looking at the arts and seeing the promotional material side by side, yes, Legend of Neverland seems to copy a lot of Genshin Impact, however, when we get into the game, it changes a bit.
Legend of Neverland isn't the first and won't be the last anime-looking gacha game to be released on the market, but the experience itself isn't. While GI tries to be a more singleplayer-oriented game, with multiplayer elements, Legend is an MMORPG, geared towards mass play with multiple people at once. This already creates a different situation than Genshin's game play.
Second, while the promotional arts try to recreate the mood of Genshin's world, the game itself is much simpler and more primal than miHoYo's game. Of course, the fact that Genshin even has a PlayStation 5 version and Legend is mobile only makes the games light years apart. It's another one of those Chinese games made to “cash out” to try to capitalize something on top of something that's been successful.
Does that mean the game has no qualities of its own? No way. The game can be fun and have its merits, but if it does, it's easier to try to sell them and get an audience that likes the game for what it is than to try to attract Genshin Impact players with its similarities. In fact, if Legend is to attract a portion of Genshin players, it's easier to draw attention to the multiplayer aspect with PVP fights, which are things miHoYo's game doesn't have (thank goodness) rather than saying “Look, a Paimon here”.
If we're going to say that Legend of Neverland has any resemblance to Genshin Impact, then it's the same resemblance that Bizarro has to Superman.
It remains to be seen whether miHoYo will take action on this new title, but it certainly won't be the first time a mobile game has attempted to clone a popular title.
The Adventures Don't Stop At Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a free open world gacha (similar to loot box) game, but with in-game microtransactions, published and distributed by miHoYo in its official website. In it you step into the shoes of the Traveler, an explorer able to travel across worlds, but who was trapped in Teyvat, a place ruled by the Archons and facing a war against unknown enemies, and must find a way to return to his home world and find his missing twin brother.
And for those starting out in Genshin Impact you still have here at Married Games a Complete Guide to start your journey really well and the Complete list of playable characters so far Genshin Impact is available for PC com Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and soon, Nintendo Switch, with crossplay between mobile and PC platforms.
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