PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds is the latest video game success story. Bluehole’s title has become one of the most played PC games in recent years and will likely be a huge seller when it releases on Xbox One. But as is common in the gaming industry, a successful formula will usually ‘inspire’ other developers to do something similar.
This is the case with Epic’s Fortnite, a sandbox survival shooter that is getting its own 100-player mode called Battle Royale. It’s similarities to PUBG has Bluehole pretty concerned, as you can see from this official statement from Chang Han Kim, vice president and executive producer of the company:
“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. 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.”
“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”
Do you think Bluehole is right to contemplate taking action against Epic, despite the fact that game modes have been copied between shooters for decades? Either way, it definitely puts Bluehole in an awkward situation considering that PUBG was made on Epic’s famous engine. To see if Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode is a direct copy, play the free trial next week.
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