Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Trailer Plagiarized by Chinese Mobile Game


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers is Square Enix's most recent expansion pack of the critically-acclaimed MMORPG, and though its trailer is over two years old, Doula Continent: Soul Master Duel seems to have sought to tap into that popularity by emulating its trailer with nearly perfect precision. Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners and expert on the Asian video game market, was one of the first to discover the similarities between the promotional videos.

A quick side-by-side comparison of the excerpts from the two trailers makes it obvious to even a casual viewer that the plagiarism was intentional. Not only were the action sequences and camera angles nearly identical, but Soul Master Duel even copied the Warrior of Light from Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers as he swapped between weapons to defeat his angelic foe, finally triumphing with a great sword enshrouded in sinister-looking magic.

That's not really news. It's been like this for years.

One of the most liked comments for the trailer chinese translates " now those cash grabbing mobile games have one more video asset to plagiarize."


Phew now's your chance to seem legit Chayna haters...

... They've been doing this for decades, some of their most popular pop tunes lift western melodies verbatim lol.. it's a gigantic economy and most of the stuff they copy is never noticed by other countries... I'm not defending it but really it's not suddenly a big deal...

the funny thing is you see the same stuff in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and doubtless many other countries in the region..

it's called weak/inattentive regulation, it's not a culturo/ethnic tendency to thievery.. however much you might want to pigeon hole things
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One of the green rats
In a time where indie games straight up rip graphics out of old games…. Can’t say I am shocked.
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China copying? I am... surprised?


E.T. Waifu

What's the point of making it exactly the same though? They clearly got the skills to make good animations and models.


Gold Member
Embarrassing how they have decent skills, but don't trust their own artists to frame the shots and convey a narrative of their own.
No, gotta copy something proven shot by shot instead to play it safe. The lack of creativity is mind-numbing.
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