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Is The Developer of Playerunknown’s Battleground a Bully?
Last week developers Epic and People Can Fly announced that their game Fortnite would be receiving a new, free to play mode called Battle Royale. This mode is incredibly similar to the highly popular PC game, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. Now, a studio making a “clone” of another popular game isn’t anything new, and to the developers at Epic’s credit, they’ve already come out and said how much they love PUBG and that they would be crazy to not admit that their love of the game has obviously inspired their newest addition to their game. Bluehole Studio, the developer of PUBG doesn’t really care about Epic’s admiration for their game, however. The developer of Steam’s most popular game released a statement saying,
“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for 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.”
The release continued on by later stating, “We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press,” Chang Han Kim continues. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.” And after all of this was said, the release also stated, “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”
PUBG has been bulletproof since it’s release but if there’s one thing that can take down this juggernaut of a game, it’s bad press. Fortnite, while made by a large studio like Epic, really is just an underdog game trying to find it’s footing in the video game landscape, and if Bluehole suddenly starts looking like a bully in the industry, gamers will eventually walk away. What’s working in PUBG’s favor though is the fact that the game has sold over 10 million copies on PC alone. When you have that large of a fan base, it’s going to take more than one misstep to affect the company and its success.
Red Dead 2 is Coming and Excitement is Coming With It
Rockstar surprised everyone by announcing that on September 28 they would be giving everyone an update on Red Dead Redemption 2. So, what could it be?
Well, if history has anything to say about what we can expect, we should finally be seeing a trailer revealing just what the story is for the highly anticipated game. Finally, all of our questions will be answered. Is it a prequel? A sequel? Are we playing as multiple protagonists like in GTA V or will it follow the more classic formula of gaming storytelling offering just one main character?
With the game scheduled to come out sometime in Spring of 2018, I don’t expect this to be the last time we hear from Rockstar before it puts Red Dead 2 out to pasture. With the announcement of the partnership between Rockstar and Playstation, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Rockstar appear on stage Sony’s PSX event later this year on December 9 to reveal the game’s multiplayer mode. But that’s just a guess and there’s no reason to put the wagon before the horse. The exciting news is what’s to come this Thursday. The original Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite games of all time and I can not wait for the next installment in the series to finally be released.
So, what do you think? Are the developers of PUBG right in having issues with other developers copying their winning formula or is this just how business works? What about Red Dead 2? Are you excited about the announcement or are you the person in the world not looking forward to what could end up being the best game of the generation? Let me know your thoughts either down below or over on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ThinksofaThoughter/