It’s only been a few weeks since Valve announced that any sort of game would now be allowed on Steam so long as they weren’t the product of trolls or other objectionable developers, but it appears that the PUBG and Fortnite ripoff known as PUGNite doesn’t count as that.
PUGNite comes from the same “developer” as Achievement Clicker, a program (personally I refuse to call it a “game”) that allows you to earn five thousand different Steam achievements simply by clicking your mouse over and over again. Only this time, like many developers, OfficialAndy decided that he’d get in on the fun as well.
The game is quite similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite already in a number of ways. Players will jump out of an airplane down to a small island and run around killing each other until one is left standing. The thing is, aside from the change in art style (the entire game looks like it’s made of Legos or Roblox or something) this is unabashedly a cheap attempt to cash in on the Battle Royale craze that other, actual games and developers have started to get into.
Considering that Bluehole apparently recently retracted their lawsuit against Epic Games’s Fortnite, the company may want to turn their attention to this, especially since OfficialAndy might very well fit the definition of a trolling creator on Steam. His “Achievement Clicker” program includes five different versions that have all come out over the past two years, and all of them are on sale for dirt cheap (literally less than a dollar each).
It wouldn’t be the first terrible “game” that’s been placed in Steam’s catalog, and it will be far from the first PUBG and Fortnite ripoff that’s been released since the games both released, but hopefully, it will remain rather obscure in favor of better games.