Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have been competing since last year to see which can be a better battle royale game. Needless to say, both games have had their moments. Initially there were lawsuits filed by PUBG developers who accused that Fortnite had stolen ideas from PUBG. Though these claims were mostly quashed by the court, many players and fans still believe that Fortnite may have taken some inspiration from PUBG.
But if we can move past the similarities of the two games, then we will be able to look at how the two games are different from each other. There are few points of contention in this aspect, and here’s a look at those. Many of these differences arise out of the fact that Fortnite on all the platforms has been developed by Epic Games itself, while PUBG has a different developers on all the platforms – Bluehole on PC, Microsoft on Xbox One, and Tencent Games on smartphones.
PUBG and Fortnite have some very basic differences when it comes to the gameplay. PUBG is a game that strives to keep things as real as possible, and this includes gun mechanics, movements, the map, and graphics itself. Fortnite, on the other hand, took a more cartoonish approach towards things with its graphics, animation as well as gun mechanics.
Fornite is only available to play in third person perspective, while PUBG can be played in third person and first person perspective. Fortnite has whole mechanic involving building and destroying buildings which is absent from PUBG. Fortnite also comes with emotes which are full dance routines with music, albeit PUBG did try to take an inspiration from this.
Platform of availability
PUBG started out as an exclusive on PC, while Fortnite began its journey from PC, PS4 as well as the Xbox One. PUBG soon gained Xbox One, iOS and Android as supported platforms. Compared to that Fortnite is now available iOS, Nintendo Switch and finally Android. On top of this Fortnite can’t be downloaded from the Google Play Store directly for Android, and needs a special installer for the game.
PUBG and Fortnite both are present on multiple platforms, and hence players want to be able to play with players and friends on other platforms as well. But as it turns out PUBG does not support cross-play on any of its platforms and players will only be able to play with other players from the same platform. Fortnite, on the other hand, does allow players to play with other players from other platforms.
Uniform content across platforms
On of the things that has worked in Fortnite’s favor is that fact that the content that has been available in the game is available across the game on all the platforms. But PUBG, since it has different developers for all the versions of the game, the content is not released at the same time for all the versions. For example, the Sanhok map was first introduced on PC, followed by Xbox, and then mobile.
Number of maps
Fortnite just has one map that players can play upon, but it has been doing a lot of new things on that one map to keep things fresh. On the other hand PUBG has three different maps that offer varied experiences. PUBG has been making these maps based on real-life locations.
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To sum it up, both the games have their merits and demerits, and even those are very subjective since some may appeal to one person and not the other. Both are amazing games in their own right, and deserve the popularity it has carved out for themselves.