Fortnite has recently added a mode called Battle Royale. It may sound harmless but not unless you’ve played it and if you have you, might have picked up the similarities that stems from Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds.
The mode however has caused a conflict to arouse thus Bluehole Inc have decided to respond via a press release that they have an ongoing relationship with Epic Games for the license of Unreal Engine 4 and they have concerns that Fortnite “may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
Adding that “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.”
Bluehole Inc have decisively lodged a complaint against Epic Games for their upcoming Mode which is going to be free and be available to all Platforms making it Promotion since the game is still in Early Access.
Chang Han Kim of BlueHole Inc. believes that PUBG’s Developers would be taking action against Epic for these reasons “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps Fortnite may have borrowed heavily from PUBG. While its only a game mode , it has originally been made famous by PUBG , and the similarities are there for everyone to see. However at the same it is but a game mode , and there might be a ton of similarities , but does it account to outright plagiarism? Well the verdict is still out on that one as a number of different games do borrow some elements from the ground breaking games from their time.
Perhaps the most famous example of this is Max Payne’s Bullet Time feature which went on to be a part of several dozen third person shooters. Yet I do realize that we are talking about an entire mode here, and hence the dynamic as such may be different.
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