Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

PUBG Developers 'Contemplating Action' Against Epic Games for Fortnite's Similarities

PUBG Developers 'Contemplating Action' Against Epic Games for Fortnite's Similarities

When Epic Games revealed its new battle royale mode for Fortnite last week, the developer made no secrets about what it was inspired by. The studio added it may take "futher action", but it's unclear what that means, and where it would stand legally if it chose that route. However, despite the similarities, the "Fortnite" Battle Royale will feature a battle bus that will drop players into the game as opposed to PUBG's airplane.

It's a comparison that's clearly upset Bluehole, which claims the statement "was never discussed with us, and we don't feel that it's right". Bluehole had to have seen that hostile reaction, making the timing of their own attempt to cry foul of another developer copying them even more baffling. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that other large developers are looking to break into the "Battle Royale" genre.

Nearly every gamer has picked up a game at some point or another and noticed similarities with another game. I guess this may lead to a lawsuit but we aren't sure. They're not going to leave in droves at every Battle Royale game that comes along.

"Fortnite's" 100-player Battle Royale will be available this coming September 26 across Xbox One, PS4 and PC platforms. Bluehole, the developers behind PLAYERUNKNOWN's Battlegrounds, seem to think otherwise.

In a statement, Bluehole VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim has said that the company is concerned by Epic's decision to pursue a battle royale game mode. Let us know, join us on Discord, on our Facebook page, or Twitter. Bluehole likely thought it would tie up the console market for the Battle Royale genre as neatly as it did for PC while being able to take its time before actually publishing the game.

To make matters worse, the PUBG devs use the Epic Games' Unreal Engine to power the shooter.

The biggest question that remains to be answered is whether Bluehole will actually follow through on their threat of "further action", and what sort of legal ground they have to do so.

Sammie Kang: It was in their promotional video that was posted on Twitter and they would openly mention that they were fans of PUBG, we wanted to make this battle royale game mode, and that kind of gave the impression that we were officially involved in this.

Well, we would have to specifically talk about the details with Epic Games but we haven't been connected to their headquarters yet.

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