Bluehole Studios’ Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds took the world by storm since its release, and recently Epic Games decided to implement a similar battle royale mode into their title, Fortnite.
Bluehole’s Vice President and Executive Producer Chang Han Kim surprisingly sent out a press release expressing their discontent towards Epic Games newly revealed mode and how they associated and mentioned PUBG during the trailer without Bluehole’s consent or permission. He continued to mention that other studios are guilty of similar actions.
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.
The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.
What do you think of Kim’s statement? Is it healthy for the gaming community to have a PUBG-inspired mode in almost every upcoming game? Let us know what you think about the situation in the comments below.