The gaming world has been taken by storm by two massively popular battle royale games: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite!
Battle royale games are all the rage right now and it seems like the market has been more or less cornered by Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Obviously, this being the internet, people are compelled ad nauseum to argue that one of them is clearly better than the other and that anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong. The two games share similarities, to be sure, but in a lot of crucial ways, the two of them are different.
For some, PUBG might actually have the edge over Fortnite. The similarities between the two games are in fact deceptive and conceal some deep and significant design differences. Fortnite’s pace is much more frenetic and arcade-like, matching its multicolored and cartoonish art style. PUBG is decidedly grittier in its art design, but is also more deliberate in its pace. A game of PUBG will last many times longer than a game of Fortnite, and while that means that players will play fewer rounds of PUBG in the same amount of time, the emotional arc that they follow has more time to simmer and develop, making for an overall more satisfying game experience.
When it comes to content too, PUBG simply has more to offer than its free-to-play counterpart – iron sight aiming, a range of both weapons and weapon mods to its two enormous maps and, as of recently, new game modes and maps. Recently, PUBG released a special, limited time game mode that revolves around a new flare gun, while next week will see the first gameplay on PUBG’s newest map, Codename: Savage, which promises to offer a very different play experience than before. Unlike Erangel and Miramar, the new Savage map is just a quarter of their size, running 4km by 4km. This smaller environment promises to speed up the game’s battle royal action, but as the developers note that the map is still in an early alpha state, it’s also only getting a limited time preview. In the new Flare Gun mode, like the name implies, flare guns can be found around the map, and shooting it into the air will prompt an airdrop to bring the team a package full of weapons and armor. The trade-off is that the flare alerts everyone else of the location, meaning battles quickly form over the care package.
This means that, even as Fortnite has catapulted in player count, the innovation that PUBG should continue to gain momentum with serious PVP gamers alongside it’s more simplified competitor.