Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – or so they say! Project Mugen, the upcoming PS5 and PS4 gacha game from Netease subsidiary Naked Rain, is certainly testing that theory, as fans have noticed similarities between its traversal gameplay and Insomniac’s various Marvel’s Spider-Man games. To be fair, it’s undeniable – we even mentioned it in our announcement article on the game.
To be fair, it seems that Project Mugen is pulling inspiration from a variety of different sources: it has Grand Theft Auto-like vehicular traversal, Genshin Impact-esque character action combat, and even over-the-shoulder third-person shooter skirmishes. None of this is necessarily a bad thing, of course: if it can fuse all these disparate elements effectively, it could be a lot of fun to play.
The proof, as always, will be in the pudding, though. Project Mugen certainly looks promising in its debut trailer, but it’s going to need to prove it can stick the landing first.