Final Combat: Cheap Chinese Knock-Offs Come to Video Games

Cheap Chinese Knock-Offs Come to Video Games

Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is one of the best multiplayer games of all time. It took nine years to make, and the developers have supported it with more post-release free updates than any other game ever. Four years after its release in 2007, it is still immensely popular, and although its price has gone down, Valve has managed to continue making a massive profit by introducing the first successful microtransaction model in a mainstream American shooter. That model has been so successful that it looks like Valve may be poised to start offering the game for free on Steam

So, just how successful is TF2? Successful enough to inspire a Chinese knock-off! Steam and TF2 are both readily available in China, but that hasn't stopped Chinese developer Thunder from creating a simliar game for their burgeoning market. It is called Final Combat. It will be free-to-play, and looks so much like TF2 that it could use the older game's expired ID to get into bars. 

Some evidence:

Exhibit A: Feature Checklist

Exhibit B: Video Evidence (based on the only two videos of Final Combat available so far)

(1) Part of Valve's hilarious promotional "Meet the ______" video series, (2) A video promoting Final Combat's Rocket character class. Familiar?
(1) Promo video of Rocket class gameplay from Final Combat. (2) Soldier gameplay from 2008-era TF2.

The information on the developer's Chinese webpage is tough to decipher, but they seem to be targeting a release sometime next year. I understand that this game is probably being made for the Chinese market only, and that non-English-speaking Chinese players deserve to have the chance to enjoy the game in their native tongue. That doesn't mean it isn't a blatant rip-off, but it does make it understandable and a bit less sleazy. 

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You were right, TF2 is now Free to Play. When I saw the news yesterday I had completely forgotten about this knockoff but maybe we can add this as one of the reasons Valve decided to make the game free.

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