Next week marks the release of Nioh – a punishingly hard action game from Team Ninja that wears its inspirations on its sleeve. The game lends heavily from Dark Souls and Bloodborne, all while delivering its own systems and unique settings.
This isn’t the first time that a developer has drawn inspiration from another. There are multiple examples in gaming history; the likes of The Great Giana Sisters, True Crime, and the less said about Medal of Honor’s later reincarnations the better. This week, we ask you:
Should developers be trying to emulate their peers?
Is it creating competition? Or are typical game-genre conventions so narrow, that overlap is bound to happen anyway? Let us know in the comments below!