Epic Games has rubbed a little salt into the salty tears of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole, announcing that Fortnite: Battle Royale attracted over one million players at launch yesterday. The Korean company won’t be too concerned, of course – there were almost 1.5 million people playing its smash success today alone – but it did very publicly criticise the Unreal Engine maker for copying its game last week.
Personally, we think that Epic Games has been incredibly smart with all this. PUBG has reached critical mass, and there are a lot of people who just want to experience a battle royale-esque mode to see what it’s all about. The fact that PUBG is not yet available on consoles – and will be tied to the Xbox One for the foreseeable future – has left an open goal for Fortnite: Battle Royale. It helps that the mode is pretty decent, too.