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PUBG creator wishes copycats would “put their own spin on the genre”

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds had a meteoric rise to become one of the most popular games in the world, and its sudden popularity has inspired no shortage of other takes on the new battle royale genre. Some of those games are offering their own spin on the concept, while others are pretty blatant copycats. PlayerUnknown himself thinks things would be better for the genre if there was a little more of the former, and a little less of the latter.

“I want other developers to put their own spin on the genre,” Brendan Greene tells BBC, “not just lift things from our game.”

That’s not to say Greene is against the idea of more battle royales - to the contrary, he says “I want this genre of games to grow.” But for that to happen, he says developers making battle royale games should focus on making “new and interesting spins” on the idea.

Greene doesn’t name the copycats he’s talking about here, but many of the most direct PUBG clones are coming up in Asian markets, particularly with mobile games in China. Tencent are developing one such game in Glorious Mission, which pursues similar ideas right down to a semi-realistic military aesthetic.

Publishers Bluehole (before PUBG development was spun off into a seperate company) expressed concern about Fortnite’s battle royale mode having a few too many similarities to their own title, which they found particularly vexing given their existing relationship with Epic and Unreal.

“Some amazing games pass under the radar,” says Greene, calling for better IP protection in games. “Then someone else takes the idea, has a marketing budget, and suddenly has a popular game because they ripped off someone else's idea. I think it's something the industry needs to look into.”

But as popular as fellow battle royale titles like Fortnite have become, I don’t there’s much concern about PUBG passing under the radar.

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4 Months ago

Says the person who stole his entire idea from Battle Royale.

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4 Months ago

Came here to say this. Glasses houses and stones my friend. It's not as if the concept itself is original.

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HamJesus Avatar
3 Months ago

Can you mention that every costume in the movie is present in the game. . Completely replicated.

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4 Months ago

Fortnite is surpassing PUBG in every aspect, this is proved by PUBG Xbox launch, unfinished, unoptimized mess, just like the PC version.

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4 Months ago

I think it's actually pretty pointless to even compare those two even though they have a tedious "history". They are clearly aimed at different audiences. I love PUBG and I tried Fortnite but it was quickly evident that it won't ever have any appeal to me. Still interested in it's original PvE mode though.

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4 Months ago

I would like someone to make a PUBG clone with the movie Mean Guns' concept. The one from 1997 with awesome stars like Christopher Lambert. When me and mates were young and wild at certain point of drunkness we always watched that. Glorious. One time I managed to make a Half-Life deathmatch map of the starting scene for us too while being drunk, good times.

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