Gleamlight publisher responds to accusations of being a Hollow Knight ‘ripoff’
Nintendo held an indie game showcase earlier in the week, and one of the games revealed for the show was an action title called Gleamlight.
The top response to Nintendo’s tweet about the game calls it a Hollow Knight “ripoff,” and nearly all replies after that mention the existing Metroid-style indie game in some way.
The same is true on YouTube. While the trailer for Gleamlight has only been viewed over 11,000 times as of this writing, all the top comments are about Hollow Knight. The footage also has more dislikes than likes at the moment.
According to developer DICO, the aesthetics are influenced by “beautiful stained glass artistry,” which tracks — but even so, the similarities between both games are striking. The color palettes seem similar, the hand-drawn style is similar, and the main character has a similar design to that of characters in Hollow Knight. The attacks and movements also seem familiar.
Gleamlight’ is still in development and it’s not final at this moment, the representative said.
“The dev team is aware of ‘Hollow Knight’ but the game has nothing to do with that title,” the rep continued.