Bluehole is contemplating action against Fortnite for copying PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Bluehole is contemplating action against Fortnite for copying PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Bluehole Studios' Playerunknown's Battlegrounds took the world by storm since its release, and recently Epic Games made a decision to implement a similar battle royale mode into their title, Fortnite.

The development team for PUBG has no relationship to Fortnite's development as concerns around User Interface (UI), gameplay and structural replication in the battle royale mode exist. Just three days ago we published an interview with H1Z1 developer Daybreak in which they said "there wouldn't be PUBG without H1Z1", and they're right.

Games have always iterated on each other's ideas, and the Battle Royale genre is no different - in fact, it's probably more subject to this sort of thing than most genres.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' publisher Bluehole is unhappy that Epic Games is rolling out a Battle Royale mode for its own Fortnite game. It's worth noting this was also an Unreal Engine 4 game. The game will contain RPG-style character progression, social hubs, mission systems, and more all within a photo-realistic and dynamic 12km x 12km map. They're not identical, as the core Fortnite gameplay of creating bases and traps makes the jump over to Battle Royale.

For now, that is as far as this story goes, but there will no doubt be a rebuttal from Epic Games at some point.

Epic Games provided a simple "no comment" when pinged by Forbes.

Epic Games recently announced Fortnite's "Battle Royale" mode, which is nearly identical to PUBG. Bluehole, the studio behind PUBG, is none too happy, and even stated in a press release that it's considering "further action'". Bluehole is even contemplating taking further action against Epic. Epic Games plans to continue development for Battle Royale, offering squad matches and supply drops upon release.

Are you going to get Fortnite Battle Royale at launch, or do you think it's just another PUBG wannabe? "'Fortnite Battle Royale' is free and we will not sell items that give a competitive advantage".

Epic Games earlier this month shared details regarding a new PvP mode for Fortnite. In the game mode's announcement trailer, Epic's creative director Ronald Mustard references both PUBG and H1Z1 (which has a standalone battle royale mode called King of the Kill) as areas of inspiration. And we had this business relationship and we had trust that we would be getting continued support, and we were looking forward to working more closely with them to get technical support, maybe develop new features.