Gameloft on cloning accusations: The gaming industry has “maybe one new idea a year”

Wednesday, 12th January 2011 04:30 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Gameloft’s been a driving force in the mobile gaming sphere for years now, pumping out such hits as Hal… er, NOVA, Uncharte… er, Shadow Guardian, and Modern Warfare. Or Combat. Or something.

Turns out, people notice when you constantly crib notes from the rest of the class. So, Gameloft, what say you?

“The video game industry has always played around a limited number of themes. There is maybe one new idea a year,” Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot told IGN.

He then went on to cite examples like Grand Theft Auto and God of War, both of which made pool-emptying splashes that were followed by an inevitable wave of clones.

“If a type of game is not available, then you should make it. The damaging thing is if you do a bad expression of a good idea,” he added.

The question, then, is whether or not Gameloft practices what it preaches. Argumentative VG247 Hivemind Collective (or AVG247HC for short/convoluted), what do you think?



  1. Phoenixblight

    Ass Creed 1 and 2 and they like to talk crap? Right

    Sorry but Ass Creed is as cliched as any other open world mission game if not more so.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Ass Creed? :D

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Maximum Unreal

    Ass Creed 1 and 2 had one of the best story this gen and open world parkour that no game had

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Perhaps you could talk to Capcom about cloning? They seem to be experts!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    @ 3: Couldn’t agree more. It’s a shining example of how you go about doing truly interactive story-telling.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    The industry does tend to retread a lot of stuff.

    That doesn’t mean bad games, the reason so many game mimic other games is that those other games are fun and sucsessful on some level. Not a bad thing.

    But for goodness sake when are going to get back to action rpgs like Champions of Norrath being the hot trend that everyones wants to clone/mimic?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk

    that is if you are on consoles but pc gaming has many new ideas every year.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. StolenGlory


    The industry retreads stuff EVERYWHERE. There are countless examples of this (even on your beloved Steam DD platform) on PC as there are on console.

    Turn that fanboy switch off for once and think objectively for a change.

    #8 4 years ago

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