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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Creators Unhappy With Fortnite’s Battle Royale Mode

September 23, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Polygon reports that Bluehole, the developers of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, are not happy with the recent announcement of a “Battle Royale” version of Epic Games’ Fortnite. The game was annoounced earlier this week and will be announced next week for free on consoles and PC. Bluehole uses Epic’s Unreal Engine to power their own game. In a press release, they stated they were thinking of “further action.”

Bluehole’s Chang Han Kim said: “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.

Epic Games’ Donald Mustard previously said in the announcement trailer for Fortnite: Battle Royale: “At Epic, were huge fans of the battle royale genre, and games like PUBG and H1Z1., then in a blog post to announce the game, Epic wrote: “We love Battle Royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version. The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.

Before Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene released the game earlier this year, he consulted on H1Z1’s battle royale mode, which later became H1Z1: King of the Kill. He also created similar mods for ARMA. The press release cited an AMA on Reddit in which he was asked about other publishers toying with the format. He said: “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!

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