While Pokémon GO has dominated the world of Augmented Reality, it was only a matter of time before someone else threw their hat in the ring and challenged them. The challenge comes in the form of Draconius GO, developed by Elyland, who released a statement today regarding a complaint from Niantic.
“We’ve received an ungrounded complaint from Niantic in Appstore – they think we’ve violated their copyright. However, we didn’t use their coding or graphics when developing our product, it’s absolutely original. The developers of this popular GO game seem to think that they own the exclusive rights for the whole AR genre. It’s not like that. We believe that the market and players will only benefit from healthy competition. When we developed this game, we consulted leading world class lawyers, and we are 100% certain that Niantic’s claim is unjustified.
Niantic’s reaction shows that they consider us as a serious rival. By doing so, they actually prove that our product is better. In just one year, our Ukrainian team has managed to do more than Niantic, with all their billions of income. And we are proud of our results.
Our graphic is unique and better quality than in any other AR games. Besides, our game offers a variety of game mechanics that were never used in other AR games. We hear and understand our players, we offer them an interesting gameplay. That’s what makes us special.
We hope that our rivals will start improving their own games instead of making complaints and ignoring their fans. “
While both games have some similar mechanics, like catching and training creatures, Draconius GO has features that set it apart from Pokémon GO, and in a way makes it a better game. In Draconius GO, you have the ability to obtain quests, travel through Rifts to other worlds, cast spells to enhance your creatures, and take part in player versus player battles outside of gyms.
I think having healthy competition is good for the players of both games. This player hopes Niantic and Elyland can cooperate, and that both games continue to flourish and improve over time. Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section below.
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