Rebecca writes: "An upcoming game Super Zoo Story shares some similarities with Stardew Valley, and creator ConcernedApe has commented on the matter."
I wouldn’t be either. It’s pretty blatant
The Stardew Valley creator Concerned Ape says he's fine with others making games that are inspired by his game but he's concerned about whether the assets from Super Zoo Story were taken from his game. IF the graphic files aren't taken from Stardew Valley (i'm sure close examination could be use to compare) then there won't be much he can do legally because games are allowed to imitate other games. The only grounds he would have to bring a legal case is if the publisher of the other game is trying to pass off their game, make the public think, it actually IS Stardew Valley. Without reading the story looking at that single screenshot I would have identified it as Stardew Valley so that is obviously a deliberate choice by the developer to attract fans of the game, however making so similar does come across as cynical.
Interesting considering Stardew Valley is entirely similar to Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons
Games can be similar. Games cannot rip assets from one another though. That’s the problem.
Eh. Stardew Valley was a love letter to Harvest Moon; a series that has been mishandled, and lowering in quality, ever since the original devs left. This is more about the developer of Stardew legitimately feeling they basically lifted his made assets. I've seen interviews with the guy. He 100% owns that he technically made Harvest Moon, but the Harvest Moon he always wanted to play; along with additions that were requested by the community. To me, Stardew Valley looks like Stardew Valley. I look at these images, and I see Stardew Valley.
ConcernedApe says in the article that where his inspiration comes from. In the article.
So it's okay for him to make a game that looks and plays almost exactly like Harvest Moon, but other people can't? That's pretty ridiculous.
They guy has stated in interviews that Stardew was a love letter to the Harvest Moon he always wanted to play. He never denied it was a copycat, and owns it all the time. The issue here is people straight up recreating the assets used in Stardew.
What assets are recreated / copied? Sand? Grass? Eyes? Everything else I've seen has been unique. I'm sure there are just as many similar assets between Stardew and Harvest Moon.
@Darth Whatever you want to believe, man. Natsume didn't license "farming game" in any way, and Stardew improved on the formula. When I see Stardew, I don't see any Harvest Moon in there, being it didn't follow an art style similar to the games. When I see these pics, all I see is Stardew.
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