Earlier this month, developer Epic Games announced a Battle Royale mode for its game Fortnite, and as it turns out, the makers of that other Battle Royale game arenā€™t too thrilled.

In a press release this morning, PlayerUnknownā€™s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole took a shot at Epic Games, calling out Fortnite for cloning the 100-man PVP gameplay style with its upcoming free update ā€˜Battle Royale.ā€™

ā€œWeā€™ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBGā€™s development as they are the creators of [Unreal Engine 4], the engine we licensed for the game,ā€ Bluehole vice president Chang Han Kim said in the press release. ā€œAfter 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.ā€

And he kept going: ā€œWe 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 donā€™t feel that itā€™s right.ā€


This may be a reference to Epic creative director Donald Mustardā€™s note on the PlayStation Blog, in which he wrote: ā€œWe love Battle Royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version.ā€

Blueholeā€™s Kim closed the press release with the ominous note that he and his company plan to ā€œcontemplate further action.ā€


This is some good drama. One might even say that both companies just jumped off a plane into a big battlefield, and that the last one standing will win.