The creator of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds told Gamespot that he’s excited by the increasingly-popular evolution of battle royale modes.
With monolithic franchises like Battlefield and Call Of Duty taking their shot at the format, Brendan Greene AKA Playerunknown was asked if the genre’s increased popularity was affecting PUBG development. The developer expressed that he was delighted by the new takes on the 100-player free for all.
"This year is a battle royale of battle royales,” said Greene. “Everyone has their own royale, which is great, I love seeing the genre grow. It's going to be interesting to see if it's going to develop as a full genre."
Will genre evolution start to steer PUBG in new directions though? Not likely, according to Greene. With a strong focus on their own roadmap, don’t expect to see fort-building come to Battlegrounds anytime soon.
“We look internally, we have our own goals. We don't really look at what other people are doing. We kind of have blinders on. We've had these stretch goals for quite some time. While, yes, competition is great to keep people on their toes, we don't necessarily look at what others are doing.”
While Greene himself might express a positive response to imitators and influenced titles, PUBG Corp’s actions don’t often match with his words. The company’s ongoing lawsuit against Fortnite developer (and PUBG engine creator) Epic could set a worrying precedent for game mechanic iteration. PUBG Corp hasn’t been shy about stomping out mobile rivals, either.