As Epic Games and Fortnite prepare for the free-to-play release of the game’s battle royale mode, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole have some thoughts on the matter—they don’t seem terribly pleased.
Bluehole VP Chang Han Kim came out saying the game’s PVP is, “replicating the experience for which PUBG is known,” and the company is “considering further action” against Epic and Fortnite. Such a statement draws interest due to the cooperation of these companies throughout the development of PUBG. Namely, Bluehole built their game using Epic’s Unreal Engine 4. The PUBG developer also takes issue with the use of their game’s name in Epic’s promotion of Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Bluehole claiming that someone stole their idea and elements for a battle royale shooter certainly stirs questions. In examining the lineage of the genre, it’s only appeared an exchange of ideas swapped across engines, developers, and game mechanics. The important thing to recognize is that it’s Brendan Greene (PlayerUnknown himself) who’s responsible for essentially all of these games. All the way back to DayZ, it’s been Greene at the ideological helm of battle royale. Fortnite is perhaps the first of many “copycats”.
The similarities between the two games’ structures are undeniable, considering Epic directly named PUBG as an inspiration during their announcement for the battle royale beta. Fortnite’s variety comes from the translation of its base-game mechanics. Players can create structures and traps as well as dismantle in order to get an edge.
Due to release September 26 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Fortnite: Battle Royale stands as the first fully free-to-play battle royale title on the market. Plus, it’s hitting the console platform months before PUBG is set to release on Xbox. If you purchased the base game between September 12 and 19 in anticipation of Battle Royale, Epic will give you a refund.
It will be interesting to see how Bluehole moves forward from this public statement, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. Discuss Bluehole’s plans for Battlegrounds on our forums!