PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Team Concerned with Fortnite's Battle Royale Mode; Considering 'Further Action'

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) may be the next game that everyone's going to copy, but that doesn't mean the game's operator needs to be happy about it.

With Epic having been very open about using PUBG as an inspiration - the developer stated that they "loved" the PC game and had therefore chose to use Fortnite as "a great foundation for our own [Battle Royale game]" - it comes as a surprise that Bluehole could now be looking to pursue further action against them. In the blog post announcing the version, under "The Fortnite Team" byline, Epic writes, "We love Battle Royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version".

"We've had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG's development as they are the creators of [Unreal Engine 4], the engine we licensed for the game", Bluehole vice president Chang Han Kim said in the press release. However, Bluehole says that they are concerned that Fortnite "may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known". The company also lodges complaints against Epic Games in that they've used references to PUBG in their promotion of the game which is set to arrive as a free download in the near future. Chang Han Kim said in closing that Bluehole is "currently considering taking further action", and whether this is a legal matter is up for debate.

For those of you unfamiliar with either game, PUBG is a "multiplayer online battle royale" video game now on Steam's early access and coming to the Xbox One by the end of this year. Are they as similar as Bluehole claims?

Hang Kim also seems irritated by the fact that Epic cites Battlegrounds as the inspiration behind Fortnite: Battle Royale.

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"At Epic, we are huge fans of the Battle Royale genre, and games like PUBG and H1Z1, and we thought that Fortnite was the ideal world to build one in".

Why? Well, PUBG popularized the "battle royale", last-man-standing-style player vs player gameplay style as of late, and they clearly feel that Epic's take on the genre is, so far, a little too close for comfort.

That said, today, the aforementioned Bluehole has responded to this concern with an official press release all about the controversy.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how this pans out. Maybe it's because of the existing relationship between Epic and Bluehole. Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.

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