Mobile video games that thrive off of the hype of different video games are nothing new. When PUBG and later PUBG Mobile launched we noticed Rules of Survival, Knives Out, Garena Free Fire, Fortcraft, and plenty of extra pop up shortly to attempt to journey the wave of reputation.
Heck, even a longtime model like Call of Duty could not resist getting in on the battle royale hype practice with Call of Duty Mobile. So it is not a shock to see Code T, or Theseus, or Code: Theseus (the title of the sport seems to be tentative, so we’ll simply go together with Theseus any more), the brand new cyberpunk Netease recreation look pretty acquainted to one thing we have seen earlier than.
This feels a bit like déjà vu, because it was solely this week that Ubisoft sued Apple and Google over the Rainbow Six: Siege “clone,” Area F2, which was taken down pretty swiftly. It’s clear that some publishers should not going to take clones of their video games mendacity down, and Theseus definitely looks as if a prime candidate for the subsequent massive lawsuit…
Is this a Cyberpunk 2077 clone?
No, this isn’t a Cyberpunk 2077 clone. That was a simple query to reply. In Theseus you may play as a bounty hunter that’ll be looking down all method of criminals whereas underneath the watchful eye of a corrupt, capitalist authorities. Admittedly that each one sounds just like Cyberpunk 2077, however that is solely as a result of cyberpunk fiction all typically takes this highway.
We have not seen a lot of Theseus but, other than a pre-rendered trailer, however up to now it is laborious to argue that it is not just like the E3 2018 trailer for Cyberpunk 2077. The aesthetic is clearly comparable, little question about it, however what you won’t instantly discover is the atmospheric music, and a few of the pictures which appear to immediately mirror, or at the very least are “inspired by” pictures from the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer.
Just for readability, this is the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer.
And this is the trailer for Netease’s Theseus…
I believe we are able to all agree that one impressed the opposite, proper? And in case you did not catch some of these apparent “homages,” this is a couple which has been noticed on twitter:
I suppose the sport itself is exclusive sufficient, it is not like cyberpunk theme video games are new, but it surely’s clearly making an attempt to seize the hype round Cyberpunk 2077 and emulating the unique Cyberpunk 2077 really feel with its CG trailer within the first tweet.
Here are comparability pictures vs CP2077 pic.twitter.com/8wSN4FAprX
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 20, 2020
So, it stays to be seen if the sport itself resembles Cyberpunk 2077 in any means, particularly since most people hasn’t had a likelihood to go hands-on with both of them, however as of proper now, the advertising and marketing of Theseus is kind of clearly trying to journey on the coattails of Cyberpunk 2077, at the very least a little.
Are we boycotting Theseus then?
No, we’re not boycotting Theseus, and I’m not inclined to imagine that CD Projekt RED ought to sue Netease, both. As I stated when discussing the Ubisoft and Area F2 state of affairs, neither firm owns the idea of cyberpunk, and whereas the Theseus trailer is starkly just like the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, you can most likely draw comparable conclusions from some other cyberpunk media.
Ultimately, the proof will probably be within the pudding. Ubisoft’s authorized staff bought via to Google and Apple after proving that Area F2 wasn’t simply just like Rainbow Six: Siege, however modelled its whole gameplay and aesthetic on it. If Theseus can separate itself sufficient from Cyberpunk 2077 after they each launch, there will not be a downside.
But once more, it’s extremely suspect that Netease would so blatantly try and journey Cyberpunk 2077’s hype practice like this, but it surely additionally is smart from a advertising and marketing perspective. Whether or not that is immoral, unethical, or unlawful, is one other query fully.
Whatever occurs, I’m trying ahead to enjoying each Theseus and Cyberpunk 2077, and hopefully that’ll be sooner quite than later, as a result of I want one thing to maintain me busy throughout quarantine season…