PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become of the most popular Steam games of all time. The Battle Royale game has captured the hearts and minds of gamers, even console gamers are clamouring for a chance to play the game. However, we know the Battle Royale genre is nothing new. Developers have been creating these games and modes for years. Despite this, it’s clear that PUBG is actually a clone which has surpassed the game it was taken from.
When you compare the H1Z1 Battle Royale mode with PUBG, it’s clear there are plenty of similarities. Both games start with jumping out of an aeroplane and are set in an open world map where players are forced to hunt each other down. Both games allow you to place weapon attachments on your guns and as the maps are so large, they both need to have cars. There’s a good reason for this however, the person who developed the Battle Royale mode for H1Z1 is actually the creator of PUBG.
So the developer has literally taken when they’ve previously done and created their own game from it. So PUBG is in fact just a clone. Albeit, a very good and immensely fun clone. But a clone nonetheless. So should we really be treating this game differently to other ‘clones’? Anything remotely similar to Overwatch is completely dismissed and rejected after all so surely we should do the same to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?
That’s a difficult one to answer. Yes, the game is a clone. Yes, it was created by the exact same developer so it’s filled with identical features. However, the developer of H1Z1 tends to have a very bad reputation amongst gamers for various reasons. As a result, any ‘clone’ of that game is automatically forgiven and not thought of as a clone, copycat or rip-off. Even though that’s pretty much what happened in this case.
While PUBG is a very good game, it’s not perfect just yet. Movement is awkward and there’s no way to adjust the FOV just yet. The game is also much slowed paced than H1Z1 which is filled with near constant action due to the fact there’s over 100 players in each game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a very large map with only 100 players in the mix. As a result, the matches are quite slow and it fits the ‘simulation shooter’ genre much better. H1Z1 is more of an ‘arcade’ shooter game which is considerably more fast-paced.
So while these games are very similar and PUBG was obviously taken from the H1Z1 Battle Royale mode, there are not enough differences to make PUBG a ‘unique’ game.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an amazing game for sure and it can only get better from here but at the end of the day, the game is still a clone. And as a result, the developers have no right to get upset over the Battle Royal mode in Fortnite. Fortnite is based around combat and construction which makes this play like a very different game. While they may be similar, Fortnite is actually quite different in reality.
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