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Are game developers becoming lazy, greedy or both?

There are plenty of games to choose from, but how many mainstream and well-known titles are original?

Are game developers becoming lazy, greedy or both?
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There are plenty of games to choose from, but how many mainstream and well-known titles are original?

Take the examples of Assassin's Creed (until recent years), Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto (more on this later).What do they have in common?

They are born from the same or similar formulas, generally speaking, with reused assets and, in many cases, remaster after remaster, which occasionally leads to a 'definitive' edition (think Dead Island: Riptide).

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