This is pretty weird to hear. Didn’t PUBG Corp try to sue Epic Games over Fortnite once before? Despite that, today studio director of PUBG Corp, Brian Corrigan, informed us that there isn’t any ill-will between the two. He went on to add that Fortnite has actually been a good teacher to PUBG.
You can find all of these claims in Corrigan’s interview with PCgames. Here’s the statement about learning from other battle royales:
“I guess what I’m trying to say is, it’s not like we’re taking the blueprint over there and trying to build a better photocopier. That’s not it. If there’s pieces that work for us, that’s great, because we should learn from the best teachers across a lot of different games, but our formula is unique. That’s something we understand, and we have to always remember: this PUBG formula /is/ unique, there really is nothing else out there like it.”
Ultimately the statement was also to establish that nobody copied each other. The original lawsuit was in fact, made on the basis of IP stealing. In reality, PUBG Corp was ridiculed and meme’ed to hell for trying to sue Fortnite. To everybody else, they looked like a bunch of sore losers basically.
It was also done during a time that everybody was taking shots at Fortnite. Like the floss kid or Carlton from the Fresh Prince all slamming lawsuits in. Back then, Epic Games wasn’t exactly adored but it wasn’t hated either.
That’s why it’s pretty funny that PUBG Corp decides now of all times to associate with Epic Games. A time when the latter has gained so much infamy for their online store exclusivity tactics. Could this statement be a hint to some kind of collaboration we might see in the future?
We know that Tim Sweeney also reciprocates the positive vibes that Corrigan sent their way.