Chinese investment company Tencent releases mobile Overwatch clone called Ace Force and it has quickly become one of the highest grossing games on the iOS App Store. Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment has filed lawsuits against other Overwatch clone developers, but it's unclear if it plans to take action against the Ace Force team too.
Ace Force, released under Tencent's MoreFun banner, is now available on iOS and Android devices in China. The game looks an awful lot like Overwatch and a comparison image by Abacus News reveals that Ace Force characters Dragon, Commander, and Genius Kid are copies of Overwatch characters Soldier: 76, Widowmaker, and Torbjorn. The mobile hero shooter is nearly indistinguishable from Overwatch, to the point where viewers would have to look twice at videos and GIFs of Ace Force to double check that it isn't just a pared down version of the Blizzard game.
While the game isn't much different from Overwatch, it seems that many are excited about the idea of playing a game like that on mobile devices. Sensor Tower's Chinese App Store chart reveals that the game is now the #1 highest grossing iOS game in the country. The free to play game is likely set to grow its playerbase too as MoreFun will be adding more modes in future. One of these is a dog battle royale mode, which sounds like one of few new ideas offered by the mobile clone.
It's unclear how or if Blizzard plans to respond to the game. Clone games for the Chinese mobile market are a dime a dozen, with NetEase, Blizzard's partner for Overwatch in China, being sued too. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp sued NetEase for its mobile battle royale games, Knives Out and Rules of Survival. As long as Ace Force doesn't take a bite out of Overwatch's Chinese playerbase, Blizzard may just let the game carry on.
However, this could also be the shove that Blizzard needs to make an official mobile version of Overwatch. Fans have called for a Nintendo Switch version of Overwatch, or a version of the game for iOS and Android so that they can rack up wins and unlock loot boxes on the go. The success of PUBG Mobile and the mobile version of Fortnite may have also given Blizzard another reason to work on mobile Overwatch. For now though, nothing has been confirmed, and Ace Force and clones like it will probably keep being released.
Overwatch is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.