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PUBG on Fortnite’s Battle Royale: “We Don’t Feel That It’s Right”

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Shots fired by Bluehole, Inc, developers of the incredibly popular online Battle Royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Today the VP for Bluehole, Chang Han Kim, released a firm statement regarding Fortnite’s newly introduced game mode, Fortnite Battle Royale.

“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of Unreal Engine 4, the engine we licensed for the game,” said Kim. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”

Seems that PUBG fans were miffed at seeing another game use the exact same concept so quickly, and the company is inclined to agree.

“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press,” Kim continues. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite launched in July under the Early Access banner, with plans to launch as a free-to-play title with microtransactions next year. The main game features cooperative base-building, exploration, crafting, and tower defense. You can read our Early Access preview here.

Fortnite Battle Royale was recently added as a free update earlier this month. It indeed cribs all of its structure and gameplay from PUBG’s, including parachuting over a large island, gathering weapons and items, and surviving while a shrinking circular zone dictates where you can go.

During the Fortnite Battle Royale announcement trailer, Epic Games Creative Director Donald Mustard specifically referenced PUBG: “We’re huge fans of the Battle Royale genre, and games like PUBG and H1Z1. We thought Fortnite was the perfect world to build one in.”

It was recently announced that Fortnite Battle Royale will be opening up to everyone for free starting September 26.

Conversely PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds released on Steam Early Access in March. Up to 100 players drop onto an island full of weapons and vehicles, and survive to the last person standing. To date it has sold an astonishing 10 million copies, and is firmly entrenched at the top of the Steam sales and player charts. It’s still in Early Access and coming to Xbox One later this year.

Chang Han Kim closed with the following statement, teasing possible legal action: “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”

 

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Humble Store End of Summer Sale Features Free Walking Dead

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The Humble Store is featuring an End of Summer Sale for their library of PC games. Until 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern on September 9 you can also grab The Walking Dead Season 1 for free. The End of Summer Sale ends September 21.

All of the Telltale episodic adventure games are on sale up to 80% off (aside from The Walking Dead’s 100% off). The Walking Dead Season 2 is $4.99 (80% off) and Season 3, A New Frontier, is $9.99 (60% off). My personal favorite Telltale game, Tales from the Borderlands, is $4.99 (80% off). You can also find Game of Thrones ($5.99), Batman ($6.24), and the currently ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy ($12.49) on sale.

Here are some more highlighted deals. Note that every game purchase results in a Steam key except The Witcher 3, which must be redeemed through GOG. A few games provide both Steam and GOG keys as indicated.

  • XCOM 2 $23.99 (60% off)
  • The Witcher 3 $24.99 (50% off)
  • Slime Rancher $13.39 (33% off, Steam + GOG)
  • Borderlands 2: Game of the Year $9.99 (75% off)
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel $11.99 (70% off)
  • Hyper Light Drifter $9.99 (50% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (75% off)
  • Prison Architect $7.49 (75% off)
  • Valkyria Chronicles $4.99 (75% off)
  • Starbound $9.89 (34% off, Steam + GOG)
  • Rocket League $11.99 (40% off)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $38.99 (35% off)

Humble’s sale fits snugly in between the various summer and fall sales that Steam and GOG run. Obviously getting The Walking Dead for free is a great deal. The Telltale games seem to have the best sale prices. The Walking Dead Season 2, A New Frontier, and Guardians of the Galaxy sale prices are historic lows compared to the most recent Steam sales.

The End of Summer Sale ends September 21. Free Walking Dead ends September 9.

 

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The 2017 Steam Summer Sale Is Here

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It’s the most wonderful day of the mid-year: the start of the annual Summer Sale on Steam.

As with the last few years, Steam has eliminated the timed flash deals in favor of static deals lasting over the next two weeks. Sale prices also aren’t quite what they used to be, averaging closer to 50-60% rather than 75% and above. Still, a deal’s a deal, and you won’t find a bigger collection of discounted PC games anywhere else.

Here are some particularly juicy deals:

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition $3.99 (80% off)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided $14.99 (75% off)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division $19.99 (60% off)
  • Dishonored 2 $19.99 (50% off)
  • Fallout 4 $14.99 (50% off)
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition $15.99 (60% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (60% off)
  • Galactic Civilizations III + Crusades Expansion $19.99 (60% off)
  • Steamworld Heist $5.09 (66% off)
  • This War of Mine $3.99 (80% off)
  • Transistor $2.99 (85% off)

You can also find entire franchises on sale. Most Final Fantasy titles are 50% off, including Final Fantasy XIII, and X/X-2 HD Remaster. You can also find all the Call of Duty games for 50% off, such as Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare. Don’t forget to look up games on Steam Database to see if the sale price is actually a good deal.

Each major Steam Sale (Summer and Winter) features a little mini-game or social game. This year’s Steam Summer Sale is introducing a Sticker Book.

Stickers are similar to Steam’s digital trading cards. You get them from sticker packs earned by completing quests. You can earn one sticker pack a day by viewing your Discovery Queue. In addition each day will feature Daily Quests to complete. As long as the Steam Summer Sale is still ongoing, you can always complete a Daily Quest.

The Daily Quests for June 22 are to view your Activity page, and to review your Store Preferences to tailor which games you see first.

The Steam Summer Sale ends July 5.

 

Starpoint Gemini 2 Is Free on Steam for the Next 24 Hours

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Sometimes a new sequel comes with a discount for the rest of the series, but usually that discount isn’t 100%. Iceberg Interactive is celebrating the launch of Starpoint Gemini Warlords by offering Starpoint Gemini 2 completely free on Steam.

The free period is fleeting however. You will need to click on the Install Game or Play Game button on the Starpoint Gemini 2 Steam Store page before Wednesday, May 24 at 10 am Pacific/1pm Eastern to permanently add the game to your library. Pretty sweet deal for a game that costs $34.99.

The Origins DLC is also free, though you’ll need to go to its store page and add it separately after adding SG2.

Created by indie developer Little Green Men Games, space-sim and RPG Starpoint Gemini 2 released in 2014, where it went on to sell 300,00 copies. It received mixed to favorable reviews, sitting at a 70 score on Metacritic. Users reviews are much higher and the series enjoys an active fan base.

Like SG2, Starpoint Gemini Warlords enjoyed a successful stint on Steam Early Access. The release version is out today, May 23. Starpoint Gemini Warlords represents a community-driven sequel to SG2, including adding 4X strategy game elements.

Here is the official description:

Command your starship, send your war fleets into enemy territory, level up, gain skills, engage in branching dialogues, lead your heroic companions into battle, build up your stronghold, trade, mine, salvage and remind your enemies of why they fear you. Strategy from the front lines!

Both games feature full mod support and Steam Workshop integration. Starpoint Gemini Warlords is launching with a standard edition at $34.99 and a Digital Deluxe Edition for $39.99.