Super Zoo Story animal farming simulation game has an art style that looks almost exactly like the well-known Stardew Valley game.
A new slice of life simulation game called Great Zoo Story is being called out by fans for potentially copying Stardew Valley, with much of the art resembling the beloved farm title. Similar to games like Planet Zoo, Great Zoo Story focuses on creating and managing a zoo filled with a variety of different animals. Great Zoo Story is currently in development by the Super Zoo Story team and has a speculated release window of sometime in 2023.
Stardew Valley has seen unprecedented success since its initial release in 2016. Many game developers have taken notice of the new normal Stardew Valley created in the simulation genre, with many AAA titles like story of the seasons even adding mechanics introduced in the indie game. Many recent farming and slice-of-life indie titles have also attempted to replicate the success of Stardew Valleyincluding Kynseed and Little witch in the woods. However, these games each retain an original overall design and story, while Great Zoo Story seems to have trouble doing the same.
Great Zoo Story is currently the subject of an onslaught of criticism from Stardew Valley fans, who noticed that many assets seem to have been taken directly from Stardew Valley. As quoted by Twitter user player_alex, “There’s a huge difference between being inspired and copying and pasting with some changes.” As reported by GameRantsame Stardew Valley ConcernedApe creator agrees Great Zoo Story has “I went a bit too far” expressing concern that the game could be mistaken for his own work. When looking at the assets in Great Zoo Story and compare them to Stardew Valley, it becomes clear where these concerns are coming from. The game opens revealing a screen full of trees, weeds, stone tiles, branches, grass and textures that look exactly like those in Stardew Valley. Even minor animations like tall grass movement look surprisingly similar.
“stardew valley was inspired by harvest moon” yes but this game ripped stardew assets and textures. There’s a huge difference between being inspired and copy-pasting with a few changes. Stardew is like Harvest Moon but it’s its own game and has always been https://t.co/UcfrWMorxv
— alex (@gamer_aIex) July 7, 2022
As many fans have already expressed, being inspired by something is fine, but currently, Great Zoo Story seems to have taken a step too far. Whereas Stardew Valley was inspired by harvest moon, the identity of the game is always original. Through graphics, music, writing and gameplay, Stardew Valley shows what influenced its creation while remaining something original and new. In addition, Stardew Valley was created from the ground up by ConcernedApe, which makes the game’s impact on fans all the more impressive.
Unfortunately, Great Zoo Story may need to rework some graphics and elements to ensure a unique and original concept before launching their Kickstarter campaign in the future. While many simulation fans would probably love to raise and care for a cute, pixelated zoo, few might be interested in backing a game that could potentially copy a beloved and popular indie title. In the meantime, players can help support the work of ConcernedApe by following upcoming projects like The haunted chocolatierand hopefully Great Zoo Story will see changes to the art style and asset choices in the near future.
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