Recently, Epic Games announced that they will release a new game mode in “Fortnite” called the Battle Royale. The game mode is similar to “PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds” in which 100 players must fight and survive until there is only one player left. The company also confirmed that the game mode was inspired by “PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.” However, “PUBG” developer Bluehole confirmed that they are not happy about Epic Game's move.

It's not right, says Bluehole

According to Bluehole, they have evidence of similarities pertaining to “Fortnite Battle Royale” and “PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.” At this point of time, Bluehole is not announcing any actions yet, though it is more likely to be a takedown.

”PUBG” creator Brendan Greene, also hopes that other companies should consider creating their own style of genre other than copying 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," Bluehole vice president Chang Han Kim said in the release. "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," he said.

Inspiration or duplication?

There are a lot of games today that is inspired by another successful game.

One of the best examples is the battle between “Call of Duty WWII” and “Battlefield 1.” Both these games offer the same gameplay and storyline. There are also a lot of games similar to “PUBG” before it was released, such as “DayZ” and “H1Z1.” However, Epic Games might have stepped it up too much as the “Fortnite Battle Royale” offers almost everything that “PUBG” has.

“Fortnite Battle Royale” also features a lot of new elements that “PUBG” didn't have, which is the ability to craft structures, trap, and even destroying different objects. This may also be the reason why Bluehole is not happy on “Fortnite Battle Royale,” as it may take a lot of gamers from “PUBG.” This will also be released on PS4, which is one of the biggest gaming platforms today.

“PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds” also runs in Unreal Engine 4, which is owned by Epic Games.

Bluehole and Epic Games worked together in the development of “PUBG.” Due to this, Bluehole was surprised when Epic Games announced the Battle Royale game mode. Bluehole also confirmed that Epic Games never discussed anything with them about referencing “PUBG” in their promotion of “Fortnite Battle Royale.”