We were pretty much expecting many game companies to hop on the white-hot battle royale game type train, but we weren’t expecting one of the largest to grump about it. Bluehole Inc., the developers behind the wildly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has raised “concerns” over the newly-revealed Fortnite Battle Royale game.
The issue, according to Bluehole Inc., lies in the similarities raised by players between PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale. Specifically, Bluehole points to Fortnite Battle Royale’s user interface, gameplay and structural replication as examples.
“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,” said Bluehole VP Chang Han Kim. “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.”
Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene stated in an AMA two days ago that he wasn’t surprised at the new crop of battle royale titles, but also expressed hope that those developers would “put their own spin on the game mode and not just make a carbon copy”.
According to Han Kim, Bluehole Inc. will “contemplate further action”. As of this writing, there is no official response from Fortnite or Epic Games on the matter.
…wait, didn’t H1Z1 start this whole battle royale mode? By the logic Bluehole Inc. is applying, Blizzard should be grumpy at every MMORPG, or League of Legends should “contemplate action” against every MOBA, or Team Fortress 2 should attack Overwatch. What do you think? Does Bluehole have a legitimate concern, or are they just being needlessly upset?
Source: press release
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