The studio sent out a press release that directly calls out Fortnite developer Epic for "User Interface (UI), gameplay, and structural replication" and Epic allegedly citing PUBG directly in some of its promotional material.
"We've had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG's development as they are the creators of [Unreal Engine 4], the engine we licensed for the game", Bluehole vice president Chang Han Kim said in the press release.
For those of you unfamiliar with either game, PUBG is a "multiplayer online battle royale" video game now on Steam's early access and coming to the Xbox One by the end of this year.
For those who are unfamiliar with the battle royale genre of video games, majority go like this: A bunch of players start on an island with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they have to scavenge for weapons, and try to kill everyone else/avoid dying while the playing area gets smaller and smaller. Greene rose to notoriety long before the launch of PUBG, having developed "battle royale" game modes for both the military sim titles Arma 2 and Arma 3, before being brought on board to help with H1Z1's King of the Kill mode.
We've reached out to Epic for a response to Bluehole's comments. "This was never discussed with us and we don't feel that it's right", said Han Kim.
Fortnite's lead even stated that they love PUBG and ergo made their own game version of that (see their announcement video).
He also issued a threat, suggesting that Bluehole could attempt to take some "action" against Epic.
"Other companies will, of course, enter the marketplace, but I would just hope they put their own spin on the game mode and not just make a carbon copy!" he wrote at the time. Something PUBG should pursue further action against or much ado about nothing? It also said that the PUBG community has been gathering evidence of Fortnite copying the smash-hit game's formula, and presenting these findings to Bluehole.
In perhaps the most eye-opening part of the release, however, Kim seemed to have stoked the flame a bit further, insinuating that this is just the beginning of Bluehole's qualm with Epic Games. Epic says "If you purchased Fortnite between September 12 and September 19 to get access to Battle Royale, and you would like a refund, contact us and we'll give you one".
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