PUBG Developers Aren’t Too Pleased with Epic’s Fortnite Battle Royale Mode


The astounding success of PUBG may be threatened by Epic's new free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale mode, at least according to Bluehole.

In a surprising press release shared today, Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole Inc., said:

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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.

The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.

It's honestly a bit hard to see his point, though. PUBG itself is very similar to PLAYERUNKNOWN's previous Arma 2 mod, not to mention H1Z1: King of the Kill where the designer acted as a consultant.

What do you think about this? Do the folks at Bluehole have any grounds to be complaining with Epic about Fortnite's Battle Royale mode? Voice your opinion in the comments section.