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Bluehole seems concerned about Epic’s Fortnite Battle Royale


It looks like there may be an actual Battle Royale a-brewing between the developers of the popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Epic regarding the recently announced Fortnite Battle Royale free-to-play release.

Why? Well, PUBG popularized the “battle royale”, last-man-standing-style player vs player gameplay style as of late, and they clearly feel that Epic’s take on the genre is, so far, a little too close for comfort.   With PUBG still being early access on PC (with an Xbox One version coming later this year), being put up against a free-to-play PC, Xbox One and PS4 Fortnite release next week, we guess they should be a little concerned.

There are similarities of course (100 players trapped on a map, last man standing, etc.), and differences such as  Fortnite Battle Royale’s building mechanics. Either way, with the mega popular take on PvP gameplay, we’re sure this won’t be the last we see of the Battle Royale gameplay type trying to make a move onto PUBG’s territory.

Read on for Bluehole comment on the situation.

Bluehole, Inc., developers of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), the first standalone Battle Royale survival shooter game, responded today to growing concerns regarding the similarities between the battle royale mode in Epic Games’ newly revealed Fortnite and PUBG.

“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game,” said Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole, Inc. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”

The development team for PUBG has no relationship to Fortnite’s development as concerns around User Interface (UI), gameplay and structural replication in the battle royale mode exist.

“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press,” Chang Han Kim continues. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

With its release on March 23, 2017, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a last man standing shooter that drops players on a realistic 8 x 8 km island where they start with nothing in an ever diminishing field of play. Gamers must fight to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies as they strive to be the lone survivor.

In a recent Reddit AMA (e.g. Ask Me Anything) session, Brendan Greene (aka PLAYERUKNOWN) was asked about other companies replicating the Battle Royale experience:

“Other companies will, of course, enter the marketplace, but I would just hope they put their own spin on the game mode and not just make a carbon copy!”

Chang Han Kim closed, “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”

To learn more about PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, please visit www.playbattlegrounds.com, ‘Like’ it on Facebook, and follow its development on Twitter @PUBATTLEGROUNDS for all the latest updates and news from the team.

Fortnite – PlayStation 4


Manufacturer: Gearbox Publishing
ESRB Rating: Teen
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: action-game-genre

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