Epic Games’ Fortnite has been in the news recently for all the good reasons – first and the foremost one being the Battle Royale mode, and secondly, the Battle Royale mode going free-to-play from September 26 on all platforms. The eye-catching thing in both the announcements have been the way Epic Games used the name of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to promote Fornite and it’s Battle Royale mode, in fact, the new model is similar (complete working) to what we have seen in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Initially, we thought Bluepoint, the developer behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has no issue with the way Epic Games is using PUBG’s name to promote Fornite and it’s Battle Royale mode, but situation is completely different to what we thaught. The top executives of Bluehole are not at all happy and they have finally fired a shot at the Epic Games over Fortnite promotion.
In a press-release, Bluepoint’s Chang Han Kim made it clear to Epic Games that they are really “concerned” that Fornite is going to replicate the experience for which PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is known for. He further added that they have received (and still counting) a lot of similarities complaint from PUBG community against Fornite, and Bluepoint is not going to keep quiet on it – further course of action is being planned right now. You guys can read the full statement of Chang Han Kim below.
“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of [Unreal Engine], the engine we licensed for the game,” Kim stated. “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. The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”
What exactly is the thing that is threatening Bluepoint? From what I can recollect – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is currently available on PC. It will release on Xbox One and Xbox One X later this year (timed-exclusive), whereas Fornite’s Battle Royale mode is going to be free-to-play on all platforms (PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) starting from September 26.
Things are seriously looking ugly here – in my opinion, Bluepoint is seriously not going to sit down and watch – this is the very first time that a serious PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds competitor has appeared from nowhere – and the funny part is that it is using the name of PUBG to promotion itself.
What do you guys have to say on this Epic Games vs Bluepoint battle over PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Fornite’s Battle Royale mode? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.