Epic Games’ Fortnite recently introduced a new “Battle Royale” survival shooter mode, which has prompted comparisons and some contention from Bluehole and Brendan Greene of the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds camp. PUBG is billed as the “first standalone Battle Royale survival shooter game” and has responded to the “concerns” out in the wild about the similarities between both games.
Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole stated that the company has had an “ongoing relationship” with Epic Games, given their status as creators of UE4, the engine PUBG had licensed to use when creating the game to begin with. Kim states that they are “concerned” that Fornite could be ripping off PUBG with its Fortnite mode, and as such could be detrimental to the brand, in so many words.
“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 stated in a recent press release. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”
PlayerUnknown himself stated in a recent AMA session on Reddit, the “Ask Me Anything” Q&A popularized on the site, in response to Fortnite’s new game mode that
“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!”
It appears the company is “contemplating” further action, so Fortnite has indeed managed to ruffle some feathers. We’ll keep you updated as new information on the situation emerges.