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Deviator: The Unsettling Doppelgänger of Hollow Knight

Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round and witness the bizarre tale of Deviator, the 2D Metroidvania game that has taken mimicry to a whole new level. Pi...

Emmy Holthe

Jan 19, 2024

Deviator: The Unsettling Doppelgänger of Hollow Knight


Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round and witness the bizarre tale of Deviator, the 2D Metroidvania game that has taken mimicry to a whole new level. Picture this: a game so eerily similar to Hollow Knight that you'd swear they were long-lost twins separated at birth. Deviator has managed to don Hollow Knight's skin, swiping its style and essence with audacious abandon. It's like The Thing assimilating poor Hollow Knight, leaving us bewildered and questioning the boundaries of game development.

A Clone in Disguise:
Deviator's resemblance to Hollow Knight goes beyond mere UI similarities, although the UI is undoubtedly a dead giveaway. It's in the protagonist's movements: the way they walk, jump, slash, and dash, as if they were in sync with their Hollow Knight counterpart. The environments too, with their layered beauty, bioluminescent biomes, teeth-like spikes, spinning saw blades, and sturdy platforms, all harken back to familiar Hollow Knight landscapes. And let's not forget the bug-like enemies, the resource caches you whack with your definitely-not-a-Nail, the alabaster architecture, and the vanishing bosses that scream and shake. Deviator has truly absorbed Hollow Knight's essence and made it its own.

A Flashback to Hollow Knight's Glory:
Watching Deviator's trailer is like experiencing a mind-bending trip down Hollow Knight's memory lane. Flashes of Greenpath, Deepnest, Fog Canyon, and the City of Tears permeate the screen, reminding us of the original's brilliance. Need a refresher? Watch the Hollow Knight release trailer alongside these uncanny screenshots, and prepare to have your mind blown.

Unveiling New Horizons:
But hold on, dear readers, for there's more to Deviator than meets the eye. The developers have tantalizingly teased us with glimpses of new levels that will grace the official version of the game. Imagine traversing The Church, a place of solemn beauty, or venturing into The Mechanical City, where gears and cogs intertwine in an industrial ballet. And then there's The Prison, a foreboding realm of captivity, and 'Hitvis,' an academy of sages where concepts collide and knowledge thrives. These unexplored territories promise to add a fresh twist to Deviator's uncanny resemblance to its predecessor.

The Copycat Conundrum:
Now, let's address the elephant in the room. Deviator's shameless imitation raises eyebrows and leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of Hollow Knight enthusiasts. Gami, the Chinese studio behind Deviator, claims that its five-person team has toiled away for two years on this project. While combat revolving around parrying attacks sounds intriguing, the game's unapologetic mimicry makes it difficult to wholeheartedly embrace. Even translation errors on the Steam page, with phrases like "very easy, but I'm dying," don't do Deviator any favors. Let's chalk it up to the language barrier, shall we? And that "FPS: 16" counter in the lead Steam image? Well, let's just say it adds to the overall confusion.

The Verdict Awaits:
Despite our reservations, we shall extend a cautious hand and give Deviator the benefit of the doubt—for now. The upcoming Steam demo on February 1 will be the ultimate litmus test. Will this audacious doppelgänger prove it can walk the walk? Or will it crumble under the weight of its mimicry? Only time will tell, dear readers. Until then, let us brace ourselves for an encounter with the unsettling Deviator, a strange creature that dwells in the shadow of its predecessor.

In the meantime, as we eagerly anticipate the release of Hollow Knight Silksong, let's not forget the hilarious apology from a Hollow Knight Silksong playtester who, in a moment of frustration, exclaimed, "there simply are no f****ing updates." Oh, the trials and tribulations of game development!

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