The developer of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has made clear its “growing concerns” with similarities in Epic Games’ Fortnite.
Despite not being the first Battle Royale-inspired game, PUBG has taken both the PC gaming and streaming communities by storm, and console fans are eagerly anticipating its venture into Xbox territory later this year.
Fortnite, which is developed and published by Epic Games, looks set to compete with the breakout shooter following an aggressive launch proposition: the Battle Royale mode is a free addition to the paid early access game - which will go free-to-play itself next year - and is set to release just next week, eclipsing PUBG's own Xbox One version.
The move seems to have angered Bluehole Studios’ Han Kim, as reported by Eurogamer.
“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."
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