The Daily Grind: What’s the most egregious example of a reskinned MMO?

    
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Blogger and MOP reader Serrenity penned a great piece last week discussing the practice of skinning as it pertains to casino games and mobile games too. The idea is that a lot of casino type games are functionally the same: Nobody really needs 300 slot machines, each themed with some different franchise, but the theme is actually what compels people to sit down and start pouring their money down the drain. Mobile games and free-to-play MMOs, Serrenity argues, borrow from this template.

(All of this jibes with my reaction to Diablo Immortal, incidentally, since as I was describing it to my husband, I basically said it looks like one of those garbage clone ARPGs you see on Google Play and skip right by.)

I can think of several examples of MMOs that look, visually, like other games: Alganon looked a lot like WoW, Divergence Online looked so much like Star Wars Galaxies, etc. But Serrenity’s talking more about mechanics that are the fundamentally the same while the visuals (or maybe the IPs) change to appeal to a slightly different fanbase. Given that, what would say say is the most egregious example of a reskinned MMO?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Fisty

Runes of Magic

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Danny Smith

Most of the stuff in the Massively banner ads if i’m honest :p

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Greaterdivinity

Some of the older MMO’s that used to be regularly recycled. Something like Sword of the New World, which saw 3 separate releases (SotNW, SotNW 2, Granado Espada) with only minor changes between each version.

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Ironwu

Speaking of that sort of thing, how about Secret World Legends? I really consider that a real rip-off for the previous purchasers and subscribers. For me, that switch was a show stopper. Not sure I will ever trust a Funcom game again.

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carthoris

That’s like Defiance vs. Defiance 2050, just re-releasing the same game with extra content added on and *conveniently* forcing everyone to repurchase and re-earn everything they already had. Calling those a reskin honestly does a disservice to the devs who go to the effort to at least change the graphics up.

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thirtymil

SWTOR was pretty much a reskin of WoW at launch, then later on they replaced the talent tree with the one out of Rift :)

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Bruno Brito

Defiance 2050 is a reskin of Defiance :^)

Well, i’m not that knowledgeable in reskins, but most WoW-like games do feel like a WoW reskin. Allods was a good example.

God, it was a beautiful reskin. Too bad the company screwed it up.

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thirtymil

I’m not sure there’s enough of a difference between Defiance and Defiance 2050 to even call it a reskin ;)

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Ironwu

EQ2 morphed from being its own game into being the straight up WoW clone that it is today.

Runes of Magic started out as a WoW clone and has not deviated from that path.

The list of MMOs that have changed into WoW clones over time is quite long, I think. It would almost be easier to list any MMOs today that are NOT WoW clones in one way or another. :)

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Bruno Brito

EQ2 has features that WoW doesn’t.

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Ironwu

Yes, I am aware that EQ2 does a few things differently, and that it may have some features that WoW does not. However, compared to what EQ2 was at launch, it is now more like WoW than not.

Don’t get me wrong. I think EQ2 is still a good MMO, and certainly better than WoW today in many respects. It is just that it is now closer to WoW than to what it was back when it started.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Id say Alganon. Almost exact copypaste from WoW with even icons looking very similar.
There are alot of asian MMOs that are copycats of Lineage 1 and 2 also.

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Arktouros

Only game I ever really walked away from because I felt it was too similar to another game was LOTRO which back in beta felt like an actual reskinned WOW down to just about every level.

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Armsbend

FFXIV used all of the ideas from FXI.

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Mordyjuice

There was this game that had a female obese ball that ran around the world eating everything in site because she had an eating disorder to compensate being stalked by malevolent ghosts; which is a pretty compelling story if not for the fact that it was a blatant rip off of another charcter’s storyline.