Paladins open beta is available at the moment. Hence, that means the game is ready to welcome an entirely new audience of players who enjoy the team-based first person shooter genre. Furthermore, this game is free-to-play. It’s definitely a unique shooter in its own right. However, a lot of people are drawing comparisons between it and Overwatch. Furthermore, they claim the game is a rip-off of Blizzard’s popular FPS of the same genre. Well, the developer of Paladins has responded to these accusations.

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Paladins Developer Responds to accusations of rip-off

“While Overwatch is a fine game, it was not the inspiration. 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 is a fantasy version of Global Agenda. There are approximately 85 combat abilities in Paladins. Most of them are from Global Agenda.

People do not even realize that some of our champions, were available and playable in the Paladins Beta . This was 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.”

However, some players continue to accuse the Smite developer of making an Overwatch clone. Furthermore, many characters have similar abilities to the Overwatch character roster. Makoa uses a hook to pull in enemies alongside a short-range cannon like Overwatch’s Roadhog. Drogoz uses a jetpack and fires rockets akin to Pharah. Barik builds turrets like Torbjörn. Cassie plays similar to Hanzo. Fernando can charge enemies and summon a wider shield reminiscent of Reinhardt.

Let us know what you think of Paladins? You can download the game from its official website.