Immortals Fenyx Rising, the game formerly known as Gods and Monsters, was officially re-unveiled last night at Ubisoft Forward. When viewers arrived with a new name, gameplay improvements, and a revamped art style, they quickly drew Zelda: Breath of the Wild comparisons.
There are many similarities between the two games, from the art style, to the focus on perseverance and the whole world, to the fact that the heroine Fenyx can slide her wings across the map. In fact, some have gone so far as to make direct comparisons between the trailers for the two titles:
I can’t fault a game inspired by Breath of the Wild at all, but pic.twitter.com/YXp42pmzOlSeptember 11, 2020
We spoke to GM, Scott Phillips, about the comparisons, who said it was “cool” people who made such claims.
“It’s cool for us to be compared to Breath of the Wild. It’s obviously considered a masterpiece. It’s a fantastic game,” Phillips explains before adding, “I think every time you make a game, you are compared to something else because every game creation, all art creation, everything everything is … you know you build from what you know and you create something new. “
“Our inspirations range from Ratchet and Clank to Super Mario Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, of course. We have a pedigree where we spent three years studying ancient Greek history,” Phillips adds. “So I think you know what we made is really unique. And when you get your hands on it and work through the entire experience, you will feel like we brought something very special to this game.”
Interestingly, Phillips says that the game’s art director got the most inspiration from the Studio Ghibli films when it comes to the art style.
“Early on, our art director felt that Studio Ghibli was his greatest inspiration: a painterly style – realistic, but with stylized proportions and imagery – to really convey the epic of focus on Greek mythology.”
“Because we had spent a lot of time learning about Greek mythology and history with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which we came from, but it was a lot more about the story and about recreating exactly what was there . compared to Immortal’s Fenyx Rising – we wanted to tell a grander, exaggerated, much more mythologically focused story that was brought into the 21st century for a whole new audience. “
Immortal Fenyx Rising launches on December 3rd on Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC and Google Stadia.
Read our preview of the game where we said that Immortal Fenyx Rising is a family-friendly fantasy with a touch of solitude.