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Old 09-22-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer slams Fornite for "replicating" gameplay


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The developer of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has hit out at Epic's Fortnite for "replicating" its game.

n an eyebrow-raising press release, Bluehole exec Chang Han Kim slammed Fortnite's new Battle Royale mode for its similarities to PUBG. Kim said his studio was "concerned" and - ominously - stated it would "contemplate further action".

It's a surprising position to take; despite Battlegrounds' huge popularity, it is far from the first game to offer Battle Royale-inspired gameplay. It's not even the first competitor from a major publisher - GTA Online recently launched its own take, for example.

Fornite is muscling in with the might of Epic behind it, and this week announced an aggressive launch proposition: it will be completely free to download and launch on console as soon as next week, eclipsing PUBG's own Xbox One version. It's feels like it's rattled Bluepoint - not least because Epic has mentioned PUBG while talking about its competitor.

"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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Old 09-22-2017, 07:04 PM   #2
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Is there some sort of license on "style" of game? PUBG is hugely popular, but I also hear a massive amount of criticism about it. Shouldn't another developer have the right to take a crack at it? This honestly makes me want to play PUBG even less.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:39 PM   #3
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It would be like if id software tried to raise legal action against other first person shooters. PUBG isn't even the first game of this genre.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:39 PM   #4
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You aren't missing much. Sure, PUBG has a lot of players, but no one is actually playing. Deleted this game weeks ago. Boring.

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Old 09-22-2017, 08:45 PM   #5
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If it has a lot of players, how can no one be playing?
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:16 PM   #6
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If it has a lot of players, how can no one be playing?
Apparently, people are just logging in as AFK and farming for points. From PC Gamer:

PUBG players are farming for $300 skirts by going AFK
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:00 AM   #7
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Yea, I bought this game after all the hype. Played it for 20 minutes or so and uninstalled it. While it has some interesting ideas, it's a shit game; highly overrated.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:06 AM   #8
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PUBG has an incredibly active player base. At 11 million sold and a peak player count of 1,349,584 chicken dinners are not for the afk. With that kind of success it's no surprise there would be clones and it makes perfect sense that Epic would be one of them given that it uses the Unreal 4 engine. Bluehole's efforts to protect it's success is understandable but short sighted, they were naive to think that their working relationship with Epic would prevent competition. Since Fortnite was in development long before the surprise success of PUBG it certainly seems like Epic realized they could pivot in this Battle Royal direction. It's a smart move getting the jump on console and also adding a more arcadey feel to the PUBG gameplay which is largely inspired by Arma. Ultimately competition is good for the consumer and it's ironic that Bluehole thinks the concept they didn't invent but capitalized on so well wouldn't be allowed to be copied. They should channel their inner looter and realize that to stay on top they have to keep fighting.
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:35 AM   #9
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IMO they need to be careful what they do here, essentially every modern game in existence copies of everything else.... too scary contemplating the mess that could ensue and I'm not sure how anyone could be so naÔve.... seriously some people just don't think things through enough in business before they spout off.. you could possibly understand a drunk Twitter faux pas but a press release.. the mind boggles.
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:40 AM   #10
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yeah.... trash talking the guys who license your game engine and who potentially might be in a position to help you with it one day might not be the best target for a "my idea" fight.


personally this game type isn't new, it's last man standing with loot randomly tossed in rooms.

Brilliant game play, but you can't bash them for similar ideas.


Best business is doing it better, so do it better rather than attempt to belittle or destroy all the buildings around you to say you're the tallest
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:03 AM   #11
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do it better rather than attempt to belittle or destroy all the buildings around you to say you're the tallest
Destruction works, though. You just end up a 'king of shreds and patches' in the end.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:16 AM   #12
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When it comes to politics and government I'm a anarchist all the way.


but for games, I find the attention to details reveal a artist and game developers love and dedication to more than money shines.


I see a load of details that didn't need that much love in battlegrounds, but were given that love for the grandeur of the experience.

Fort night on the other hand, other than crafting buildings mid fight, I don't see the appeal, but to each his own
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:33 AM   #13
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It's a smart move getting the jump on console and also adding a more arcadey feel to the PUBG gameplay which is largely inspired by Arma.
His second version of BR, H1Z1, is far more arcadey than PUBG.
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:11 PM   #14
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......it's ironic that Bluehole thinks the concept they didn't invent but capitalized on so well wouldn't be allowed to be copied.
This mostly. I remember various mods for various games that all featured battle royal style gameplay similar to PUBG. PUBG might do it the best and have the most complete package, but it's far from the first game to do this style gameplay.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:11 PM   #15
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PUBG only has one map.... lame. Trying to charge micro transactions.... lame.
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Old 09-24-2017, 12:45 AM   #16
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Well, on topic, I just played about a couple of hours of Fortnite Battle Royale and I have to say it was fun.
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