Is Epic working on a PUBG style Battle Royale game?

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Most of you reading this will of course be familiar by now with BlueHole’s “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”, a Battle Royale game that has taken the world by storm, breaking countless records and firmly positioning itself at the top of the Steam and Twitch ladders.

Many of you reading this wont be familiar with an early access title from Epic called “Fortnite”.  Fortnite is a PvE game that involves missions defending a location or acquiring a certain amount of an item.  There are a variety of classes, skills and equipment to do so.  In a patch released in the last 24 hours a new Battle Royale game mode has been added to the game.  It’s a little odd considering the type of game that Fortnite is and while we might put up a piece regarding our thoughts on this new game mode in the near future it isn’t the focus of this particular piece of news.

No, what is really interesting is the email that Fortnite players received a few hours ago –

Wait … What?

We made a PvP mode for Fortnite. We love Battle Royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version. A few months ago Epic’s Unreal Tournament team began experimenting with the mode while the original Fortnite team kept updating the core game. The new Battle Royale mode was so much fun we decided to share it with everyone to get feedback. To maintain game balance we kept the PvP mode completely separate from the PvE mode.

The take away here is that the Unreal Tournament team have been working on a Battle Royale game ‘like PUBG’ and were probably using the engine and assets of Fortnite to test it.  Makes sense when you consider that Fortnite (like PUBG) is using the Unreal 4 engine.

“Make a great foundation for our own version”

“Our own version

It wasn’t a case of if but when a AAA publisher would push their way into the Battle Royale market, especially considering the financial success of PUBG.  Just about anyone who plays the game will admit though that, in it’s current state at least (it is still Early Access), the game has a number of bugs, network problems and other issues.  Can a AAA developer such as Epic do a better job?  They’ll certainly know their way around the Unreal 4 engine better than anyone else, that’s for certain.  The Unreal Tournament games have typically been pretty solid as well in terms of PvP play with many people still enjoying those titles today.

One wonders if we will see Valve or Blizzard push their way onto the scene soon as well.


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