In a few days, Epic Game’s co-op sandbox survival Early Access game, Fornite, will receive a new PvP Battle Royale mode that draws inspiration from Bluehole’s standalone Battle Royale survival shooter, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is the first of its kind.
Since its announcement, many have raised concerns regarding the similarities between the mode and PUGB, with some even suggesting that the mode is not so much just inspired by Bluehole’s shooter, but is more of a copy and paste effort.
That said, today, the aforementioned Bluehole has responded to this concern with an official press release all about the controversy.
“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,” said Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole, Inc. “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.”
Bluehole continues by making it clear that it has no relationship with Fortnite’s development, as concerns around User Interface and gameplay and structural replication in the battle royale mode exist.
Chang Han Kim continues, raising concerns about Epic Game’s promotion of Fortnite, which directly references PUGB:
“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.”
Chang Han Kim closes by stating that the game’s community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities between the two products as Bluehole “contemplate[s] further action.”
Meanwhile, the game’s creator Brendan Green (aka PLAYERUNKNOWN) was asked about other companies replicating the Battle Royale experience during a recent Reddit AMA. He offered up the following reply
“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!”