Sunday, 16 December, 2018

PUBG Suing Fortnite for Battle Royale Similarities

Fortnite vs PUBG: game giants ready for battle royale in court PUBG Corp. is suing Epic Games for Fortnite’s Battle Royale similarities
Wayne Curry | 29 May, 2018, 21:31

An executive producer with Bluehole told VG247 past year the company was concerned Epic Games - which owns Unreal Engine 4, the engine both games run on - would withhold engine upgrades to benefit its game.

Dr DisRespect and Shroud are still avid PUBG players - despite its main competitor Fortnite undoubtedly the more popular game now in the battle royale genre - and have been making hints towards in-game skins specially for them over recent days. Mastery of mining and building are crucial for success in the battle royale style game.

They are also built on the same underlying software framework, Epic's Unreal Engine 4, which provides the beneath-the-hood code that game developers flesh out with their own art and game logic. Epic Games launched a battle royale mode for its co-op sandbox shooter "Fortnite" about six months later.

Bluehole has been vocal about the similarities since the new mode was released in September. The point is that there is no stopping the tide and most fans just want all these games to live together in harmony.

The reasons for that are complex. The UIs and controls for the games aren't identical, but they're close enough that it's not hard to figure out how to play one if you have some experience in the other.

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The lawsuit has a slightly exploratory feel to it, and its timing may not be coincidental: Epic Games is poised to bring Fortnite to the South Korean market via an agreement with Korean company Neowiz Games that will bring it to the country's so-called PC Rooms.

It was not clear whether the lawsuit is specifically trying to block that move.

While the source article is light on quotes from either publisher, a spokesperson for PUBG Corp. reportedly took issue with an Epic Games release being so similar to PUBG shortly after Bluehole's early access game amassed millions of active players.

This is a developing story.

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