Pokemon Go clones are a “Mission Impossible”, game developers prefer to stay away

Pokemon Go clones are a “Mission Impossible”, game developers prefer to stay away
Pokemon Go took the world by storm when it was released about a month ago, surprising gamers, smartphone fans, people who have no idea what the franchise is about, competing game-makers, and even the game's developer — Niantic labs. It's not hard to imagine that anyone who has ever had anything to do with mobile game development would start looking for ways to ride on the AR title's success, or create their own version of such a game.

However, developers are stumped and put off from taking up on such a challenge. Even big names like Sony Corp and Rovio are having a hard time trying to come up with a title that would be able to mimic Pokemon Go's success, at least to the point that the development efforts would be worth it. After all, Niantic already had maps and geo locations ready for use thanks to its previous AR effort — Ingress — which was, no doubt, of great help when constructing the Pokemon Go world.

But developing an AR game from scratch is not the only hurdle that makers need to get over. Finding or developing a proper franchise that would pull gamers into a fictional world, enticing enough to make them get up and move around is also a tough act to follow. Pokemon is already ingrained in most people's minds from their childhood years, and the story's premise is perfect for the AR game's needs — Pokemon hunters actually travel around, looking for wild creatures to catch.

This is not to say that we won't be seeing AR games from other companies in the future. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has admitted that it's working on developing various titles in the genre, but has no plans to announce anything in the near future. Executives at various studios have said that hundreds of their developers are playing Pokemon Go in attempts to figure out what made the game such a large hit. Though, some say that the game lacks in enticing features and is only successful due to the franchise it is riding on.

How's your Pokemon Go craze right now? Cooling off or strong as ever?

source: Reuters

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11 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Even free to play games that aren't anything to do with Pokemon go are suffering.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's not because it's hard to develop (it's not), it's because no one will download the alternative

11. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

If there is an official digimon world game , i would download it in an instant. Lol,

3. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This isn't like clash royale or clash if clans. Good luck making a clone!

4. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

Dude, this is Pokémon, a franchise that could make people buy obsolete handheld consoles even though a new alternative is going to be released in the next year. If anything, they could hope to have something like Monster Hunter: Go, or Digimon: Go, but good luck trying to make one of your own from scratch. An AR MMORPG could work though, so let's see.

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

You know what'd be a huge success? Yugi Oh on VR

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You better patent that

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

VR no, AR yes, Microsoft holo lens would be perfect! i am so glad Microsoft is making development for headsets open to other companies

7. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Angry Birds VR.. I can see that would be kind of interesting and hard to pull off. That said. PA you need to know with these full page lagging ads. I am no Adblocking you. I wasnt before.. I am now. Those are REALLY REALLY annoying.. and not worth the time.

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

right! My adblockers was blocking the chatbox a few weeks ago so i turned it off and didn't care to deal with the ad's, I was like WOW how is this site useable without adblocker? It's like they actually are secretly trying to encourage people to use adblockers. So i enabled it and then just told my adblockers to not deem the chatbox as a ad.

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

pokemon was the perfect brand to do such game. I don't think any existing brand will be able to match the success of it. A better app, yes someone will but existing brand to rack in umm goodluck.

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