PUBG Corp said that Epic is “one of our best partners”. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds placed the battle royal on the map, and Epic’s dive into the Fortnite genre took a lot of PUBG signs. There has always been a strange relationship between PUBG Corp and Epic, and that has taken the form of a lawsuit over the imitation of PUBG by Fortnite last year, which has since been dropped.
But as Brian Corrigan, director of the studio at PUBG Corp, informs us, with Epic there are no bad emotions. “When[ PUBG] first came out, I guess years ago, the idea was to sell just a copy of the game, and it’s going to be fantastic, and that’s it. Much of the stuff of the season has been the evolution of our internal thinking over time.
PUBG Corp said that Epic is “one of our best partners”
People have this concept that with Epic there’s some animosity or something, but they’re one of our greatest partners, we’re always talking to them!”Battle royal inspiration has certainly gone both ways, as PUBG has started making its own battle pass in the Fortnite style–but don’t expect the genre to fully homogenize.
“While I believe we can learn a bit from how it works there, just as all games learn from each other, I don’t think their model / exactly / works for us,” says Corrigan.
“We have a competitive game that is more high-intensity, we have a functional esports program that we now put a lot of time into. I believe maybe the way seasons work for us will probably be a bit different, but I don’t think we’ve worked out all the information yet, to be frank.
“I suppose what I’m attempting to say is, it’s not like we’re building a better photocopier and taking the blueprint over there. It’s not that. If there are parts that work for us, that’s fantastic, because through a lot of distinct games we should learn from the greatest educators, but our formula is special. We know that, and we always have to remember: this PUBG formula / is / unique, there’s nothing else like it out there.