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Bluehole Called Fortnite's Battle Royale Mode a Replica of PUBG

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Epic Games will release a battle royale mode for Fortnite on September 26 as a free-to-play standalone experience. However, the mode was called a replica to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds by Bluehole VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim.
 
In a follow-up statement for PC Gamer, Kim clarified that he didn't mean to blame the battle royale game mode itself but Epic Games who may have been replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.
 

There were other BR gamemodes earlier this year that were released, like last man standing or GTA 5's battle royale game mode, and we never raised an issue, and I think it's great that there's more competition and everyone should be able to create their own battle royale game mode, and it's not about the idea itself, it's about Epic Games.
 
There are a lot of different issues but everyone else that released a battle royale game mode made their own thing, but it was Epic Games that made this game that is similar to us that has similar elements, and that's the concern, that it was Epic Games.

 
It's unable to ignore that Fortnite's battle royale mode looks very similar to PUBG, in other words, it's a carbon copy. The other reason Bluehole was frustrated was that Epic Games licensed the Unreal Engine to Bluehole and agreed to support them on the project, and they made their own Unreal Engine 4 battle royale game without noticing Bluehole in advance.
 


Bluehole said they had reached out to Epic Games, hoping to discuss the issue together. We will see how this will be wrapped up.
 
Source: PC Gamer
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