PUBG, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has achieved enormous success worldwide, and the competition soon joined the fray, as more good titles followed up on it. Battle Royale gameplay style has proven to be highly contagious and quite fun for players, but it was Player Unknown, as he called himself, who made it all possible.
Actually, the first game with this gameplay was a mod for a game called ARMA 2, and the mod was named DayZ. Later, the developers approached Player Unknown, who was famous in that mod, and asked him to design an entire game based on those rules. As a result, we got PUBG (player unknown’s battlegrounds), named after him no less, and the genre skyrocketed to fame even further.
Now, the newest contagion in the genre that is spreading like crazy is Fortnite: Battle Royale. Fortnite also has its own single story mode, but the Battle Royale section is where the popularity is really blooming. The game is, however, very different than PUBG. Some differences are small and insignificant, while others are very important and make Fortnite: Battle Royale a completely different game, to be honest.
These two games together are dominating all the platforms they’re playable on, and are both transitioning to mobile as I write this. Now, as I can’t still write about the differences between the two mobile versions, the general differences are as follows…
First of all, PUBG is done in a serious, military style, with players dropping in from an airplane, and having full sets of armor and all the gear.
In Fortnite: Battle Royale, players are being dropped into the game from a flying party bus… Now, how silly is that?
Also, the serious graphics PUBG has, give off the impression of a fully fledged war game, while Fortnite: BR has somewhat cartoonish looks. Now, I do not mean cartoonish in any demeaning sense of the word. I actually enjoy it more and I think it’s a great choice.
But, the biggest and probably most important difference is that Fortnite: Battle Royale gives the players the ability to build, on the go.
If you haven’t played it, it works something like this: you are given a pickaxe with which you can deconstruct anything other than the ground, and make it into building materials. Stuff like wood, bricks, and metal. You can then enter building mode and build stairs, walls, and floors, sometimes making quite intricate buildings. These buildings are mostly used for cover, or to confuse an enemy. So, it’s all for the purpose of a fun and clever warfare.
The important difference is also the fact that Fortnite is free, the Battle Royale part at least, while PUBG costs on all platforms. But, now, as both of them transition to mobile, both will be free to play. So, there is something good which comes out of competition, after all.
Now, I will have more to say about this after I play both Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale mobile versions, but for now it seems that these two will be the main competitors in this genre. Also, keep an eye on our Blue Moon Game video reviews and gameplay streams of both games, as well as some other games we cover, like Arena of Valor mobile.