Last night, Houston Texan J.J. Watt asked Twitter a question that’s gripping not just the nation but the world. It was a quiz with only two options: PUBG and Fortnite: Battle Royale. It’s the off-season, after all.
For those just joining us, PUBG means PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which along with Fortnite: Battle Royale constitutes a true cultural moment in gaming. Both of these games are functionally identical: 100 players parachute onto a map with little more than their wits and a will to survive. They scavenge weapons and kill anyone they come across while the playable area of the map continually shrinks, killing anyone caught outside the safe radius while forcing those inside of it to kill each other. At the end only one player — or duo, or squad — can survive.
Both games have exploded: PUBG is older, but comes from a smaller developer. Fortnite is a relatively new entrant, but it’s moved quickly thanks in no small part to the technical expertise of industry mainstay Epic Games. And while these are two very similar games, they inevitably appeal to different sets of gamers. So which one should you play? Let’s dive in.
The Basics: Fortnite is free, and it’s available on PS4, Xbox One, Mac and PC. PUBG costs $29.99, and is available on Xbox One and PC — though the Xbox One version needs a lot of work. If you only have a PS4 or don’t have $29.99, congratulations! your decision is made for you.
PUBG is also available on mobile in China, but since this is an Western, English-language publication we’re going to focus on the other modes.
Just look at them: The most broad difference between these two games is clear from the moment you boot either of them up. PUBG is a realistic tactical shooter, Fortnite is cartoony and stylized. That’s the essential concept here, and it goes far beyond just the obvious differences in presentation. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but you can actually get pretty far in this case: which of these games looks like one you’d rather play?
We’ll go a little bit deeper into this. PUBG is a military shooter along the lines of Arma: it’s a precise game with a deep selection of weapons, all of which can be customized with attachments and all of which require practice to use accurately and properly. PUBG is a slow game that’s all about positioning, caution and striking at the right moment. It’s much more approachable than some of its predecessors, but the depth of armament on option can still be unwieldy for a new player. It still rewards the expertise of those who have managed to learned the ins and outs of both the map and its weapons.
Fortnite, on the other hand, is wacky chaos. Guns are much looser, and they come in such variants as the minigun and the rocket launcher. Like in PUBG, you need to be cautious, but it’s much more important to move quickly, to react to constantly changing situations and to be flexible about your strategies.
You see this borne out in how a map plays: PUBG’s maps are big and intricate where Fornite’s map is small and weird. The former can be slow and tense – you might be able to get to the top ten without ever seeing another player, spending twenty minutes camped with a shotgun, eyes on the door, which is never as boring as it sounds. Fortnite moves quickly, kills you quickly, and throws you back into a new game quickly.
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Building: While speed is probably the most practical difference between these games, the building system is the most clear cut. PUBG evolved from other battle royale games like H1Z1, and carries with it the military shooter core of those games. Fortnite: Battle Royale is a spinoff of Fortnite: Save the World, a survival RPG that revolves around player-created forts.
That means that there’s a whole other system operating in Fortnite that allows people to build bases or modify existing ones, as well as smash and blast their way through even the most unassailable cover to attack fortified positions. You might not interact with the building mode much in your early days, but watch any match until the end and you’ll likely see two or more fort-building virtuosos creating winding mazes to trap or confuse their opponents as well as sniper nests, skyforts and more. You also might see people opting to avoid the whole combat thing and create strange esoteric monuments in the middle of battle.
Building is surprisingly easy to become fluent in, but the skill limit is high as your own twisted imagination. The world of PUBG is static, which encourages careful positioning and strategy. The world of Fortnite can change on a dime, which encourages flexibility.
Updates and tech: This was clear right from the beginning, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. PUBG is an indie success story and, for a time, a scrappy operation that only left early access in December, and even then only on Steam. You can tell: this is a game making up for lost time when it comes to technical refinement.
Fortnite, on the other hand, is an Unreal Engine project made by the same people that make Unreal Engine itself. Not only does it to suffice to say that not only are they pretty good with it by this point, but also that they had a much better-established operation from the get-go. Fortnite is a much cleaner experience overall, with fewer technical problems and an opportunity to only improve over the coming months. It also means that Fortnite has a better development pipeline that comes with constant rotation of new weapons, limited time modes, special events, map changes and more. While we can’t predict the future, generally speaking you can expect more content coming down the pike for Fortnite.
Fortnite: Battle Royale.
All the feels: This one is just as important as anything else in the mix, even if it doesn’t feel as specific as something like map size or a big new system like building. For me, however, it’s this difference that can feel the most striking, and it’s this difference that most determines which of these I want to play. At the end of the day there’s just an overwhelmingly different feel between the two of them.
We’ll start with PUBG, a relatively grounded experience despite the absurdist premise. The game is tense, occasionally overwhelming and tough, not just in the gameplay sense but in the atmosphere it’s trying to evoke. It wants you to feel in constant danger, and it’s remarkably successful at this. You feel the eyes of your enemies on you at all times, right up until those moments when you see an unsuspecting player between in your sights and strike. The world of PUBG is a brutal one where only the strong survive.
Fortnite, on the other hand is a weird and stylized romp that manages to come off shockingly good-natured despite being a no-holds barred fight to the death. You’ll be assaulted by teddy bears and medieval knights, and you’ll gain an appreciation for those moments when everything goes sideways and you wind up blown off the side of a cliff. When you die the game automatically sets you spectating the person who dispatched you, and you can’t help but start to cheer for your killer in a strange inversion of the usual killcam mechanic. It’s little things like that that make Fortnitefeel like you’re all in it together, even if you happen to be killing each other.
The bottom line: Clearly, most players will gravitate to one or other between these two games. There’s no right answer, and you’ll just have to ask yourself which rabbit hole you want to dive in: a military sim’s world of weapon mods or a fantastical building adventure. But because I’m always annoyed when these articles don’t conclude with a clear recommendation, here’s my preference:
Fortnite. It’s just more fun.
Tencent’s agreement to become the Chinese publisher of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in the region could result in some drastic changes to the game for Chinese players.
The English language press release about Tencent and Bluehole’s partnership quotes Tencent’s senior VP Steven Ma as saying: “PUBG is currently the most popular survival shooter game, and is enjoyed by users all over the world. Tencent will localize and operate the game by catering to the preferences of Chinese gamers. We will also offer a different, fun experience on PC.”
However, Reuters’ translation of the Chinese release reads a little differently.
PUBG faced the looming threat of a possible Chinese ban earlier this month after the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association declared that it is “too bloody and violent” for sale in the country, “deviates from the values of socialism” and is “deemed harmful to young consumers”.
Now the company has said that it will “make adjustments to content … and make sure they accord with socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture and moral rules”.
Twenty-five million copies later, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will no longer be a beta — but executive producer C.H. Kim says there’s plenty more to do.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially sold 25 million copies. By any measure, that’s a huge success.
But it’s particularly astounding when you consider the game isn’t finished yet. It’s only tonight, on Dec. 20, that the “Hunger Games”-like title will finally come out of beta.
Five hours after I publish this story (11 p.m. PT), Version 1.0 will bring the game’s first huge new map, the ability to vault over obstacles, revamped ballistics, improved vehicles, killcams and — particularly impressive — 3D replays that let you watch entire matches from any player’s perspective or even a bird’s eye view, so you can learn from your mistakes.
Update, Dec. 21: Version 1.0 is now live, and PUBG has just updated its sales numbers: 30 million across PC and Xbox. Jeez. Here’s the full changelog of everything that’s changed and improved in V1.0.
But what’s next? Earlier this week, we spoke to the game’s head honcho, PUBG Corp. CEO and executive producer C.H. Kim, to pick his brain about that exact thing. We wanted to know about the game’s ugly Xbox launch, about PUBG on phones and — of course — what’s next for PC.
Here are the biggest takeaways. (Kim spoke via translator.)
PC version 1.0 isn’t the end.
“This is just one of many milestones we’ve promised our fans when we started Early Access… it doesn’t mean we’re done with the game,” says Kim. “We’ll be continuing to add new content and continue to fine-tune the gameplay mechanics persistently.” And impressively, that additional content will be free.
In particular, expect focus around features that makes PUBG more suitable for pro gaming: “Next year we have some thoughts about being a little more aggressive trying to run leagues and tournaments around PUBG.”
That poor Xbox frame rate? Don’t expect it to magically get better soon.
According to Kim, the poor frame rates we’re seeing on Xbox weren’t a surprise for the team, and he says the company is committed to steadily improving the graphical fidelity, including hiring new team members to work on the Xbox version of the game. “We knew it’d be an area where we’d need to keep polishing… the madness of an 8 kilometer by 8 kilometer level with 100 players inside and very realistic art assets made it a big challenge for us.”
I asked when Xbox owners might expect things to get much better, but he didn’t have a great answer. Kim says there’s no concrete road map for the Xbox version yet, since they’re still gathering feedback and prioritizing which things Xbox owners need most to enjoy the game.
The first priority for Xbox might be helping players aim.
“When it comes to gameplay, we feel like we need to monitor the situation a bit more,” says Kim. “There’s been feedback that it’s too difficult to aim.”
I can certainly attest to that. Unlike most console shooters, there’s no auto-aim or aim-assist in PUBG for Xbox right now, which led me to some pretty hilarious pray-n’-spray firefights where every bullet misses its intended target.
But the team isn’t necessarily adding an aim assist. Kim says they’re looking into modifying the recoil of various weapons first. “We’ve seen a lot of games that use different recoil systems between PC and console, and we’re trying to figure out what to do based on those learnings.”
Xbox or no, Kim doesn’t expect PUBG’s sales to keep rocketing skyward forever.
“We know our user base won’t keep increasing infinitely, because we know there are a limited number of gamers out there,” says Kim.
Don’t get your hopes up for PUBG on mobile phones.
According to Kim, there’s been no decision on whether the PUBG Corp. and Tencent collaboration for phone games will reach English-speaking audiences, or even necessarily outside China. (PUBG Corp is a Korean company, so that was a bit surprising to hear.)
Plus, a PR rep added that technically, PUBG Corp. and Tencent haven’t announced a straight-up port. It’s not “PUBG for mobile devices” but rather “separate games based on the PUBG [intellectual property.]”
So you may have to get your mobile fix somewhere else.
Two games in the world are ruling the gaming community; PUBG and Fortnite. From celebs to ordinary people to children, everyone is opting for Fortnite. PUBG holds a strong position at the top due to pubg wallhack.
Check out the reasons why PUBG is better!
- Overall game style
PUBG’s mechanics and imagery are raw and more realistic than Fortnite. Such realism in game invokes the urgency in a gamer’s mind. It aids in staying away from gunfire and collect resources to stay alive. Moreover, unlike Fortnite, this game doesn’t allow to build in air out of nowhere. Also, there aren’t any colourful or glittery weapons in abandoned houses, hospitals, etc.
This game depends on realistic control and art. It raises a player’s stake and makes it exciting and offers an adrenaline rush. This feeling makes the game more enjoyable and fun especially to play with friends. Such realism and battleground hacks make this the ideal game.
- Large maps
PUBG has two maps Erangel and Miramar. Developers are still working on the third map Savage; its release should be in the next few months’ time. Both existing maps are approximately 5 square miles which are double than Fortnite’s. These are desolate land with wide open area where snipers can shoot from 100 yards away.
Such a vast location leads to gamers spreading out in different distant areas making the game last longer. Also, suspense increases after more players die in a match.
- Realistic and accurate shooting
Apart from mechanics and imagery, the realism can also be observed in combat such as shooting and choosing various gun types. Similar to real life, players are forced to adjust aim after every shot. Moreover, varying reloading speed depends on a weapon.
Most fights take place in a long distance situation which makes hitting a character even harder. This might frustrate beginners but players who chalk out an adequate strategize and use PUBG hacks are heavily rewarded. Such accuracy and realistic shooting are missing from other battle royal games.
- Driving various vehicles
Both PUBG and Fortnite features shrinking battle arena that means travelling fast to different locations is a must. However, due to such a large map, a PUBG gamer can drive motorcycles, cars and also boats which Fortnite gamers can’t.
Defensive players can use these vehicles to escape a gun-fight. Also, offensive players can use cars for mowing down enemies. Using battleground hacks like vehicle hits is the ultimate combination which a player can opt for improving his/her performance.
- Mature and intense
Trying to play Fortnite after an individual has gone through a few rounds of PUBG is like riding a cycle with training wheels. Though it offers an ego booster, each round gets less interesting as well as less satisfying. PUBG is a game which creates an intense situation when playing, making it more fun for gamers.
So, if you are looking for the combat of your life, then PUBG is the game for you. Just remember when playing always use PUBG hacks like ESP, Vehicle hits, Bounding Boxes, etc. especially if you are a rookie. These hacks offer you the best experience and provide a chance for going head to head with pros.
So, get your copy today and start playing!