It started with a simple question — Fortnite or Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds? Thanks to Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, we now know that at least his followers on Twitter overwhelmingly support Epic Games’ Fortnite, but that doesn’t mean people agree with them. That said, PUBG‘s player base is lowering while the free to play Fortnite is becoming the biggest game in the world. They’re not completely the same, but they share DNA within the battle royale genre. Now we’re going to have this argument possibly forever, like Madden vs. 2K or Mario vs. Sonic.
Here’s where it all began:
Watt then got a little more scientific with it and started a poll that at this point, is overwhelmingly in favor of Fortnite with a 77 percent to 23 percent difference. That doesn’t mean those people are correct. Of course, different strokes for different folks, but it’s clear there were some people in Watt’s comments that have played both and understood the differences.
The fact is, both games are fun and good, but Fortnite is well-optimized and far easier to dive into for the first time. You can clearly see enemies, the game is bright and colorful, and the gunplay is far more accessible to someone playing for the first time. PUBG veterans know that your first kill is nearly as delicious as your first chicken dinner because you have to work incredibly hard to get it when you’re first starting out. The massive maps of PUBG are difficult to grasp at first, while Fortnite‘s setting is smaller and easier to understand.
It’s like this: both games are good, but PUBG is to Battle Royale how Fortnite is to The Hunger Games. Same general concept, much different audience. You had to work to find a copy of Battle Royale back in the day, whereas Hunger Games brought the concept to the masses. PUBG had a high barrier of entry by needing a beefy PC and a love of realistic bullet physics to get into the game. Fortnite is a satisfying quickplay.