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The release of PUBG in 2017 took the gaming world by storm and since then the game has continued to enjoy immense and previously unimagined success. It introduced a unique Battle Royale concept to gaming, a concept that went ahead to become a gaming genre that most gamers can't seem to get enough of. 

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The idea of dropping players on an island where they had to scavenge for weapons and fight to be the last one alive was not only foreign but turned out to be captivating and created an intense nail-biting and adrenaline-filled experience that kept players on the edge like never before. 

Sensing demand for this type of game, game developers burnt the midnight oil borrowing ideas from PUBG in a bid to try and replicate its success. Many have tried, but only a few have ever come close to reaching the dizzying heights PUBG has been able to achieve. 

But it's not only the Battle Royale genre that has experienced tremendous growth thanks to PUBG’s success. Games in other genres like first-person shooters have also borrowed heavily from PUBG’s concept and tinkered with it a little to create games like Call of Duty, which also continue to enjoy success and immense popularity across the globe.

To appreciate PUBG’s contribution to the industry, we look at two game titles in the Battle Royale genre that have tried to follow in its footsteps and ultimately owe the lengths they have reached to PUBG for clearing the way for them.

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Fortnite, developed by Epic Games took the Battle Royale genre to another new level with its great graphics, outstanding building mechanics and an admirable cross-platform compatibility that allowed more players to enjoy the game. Its free-to-play mode also endeared it to most gaming enthusiasts creating a huge near cult-like following across different platforms. 

Like PUBG, Fortnite has continued to evolve and add new features to the game with Epic Games ensuring Fortnite lovers are always on their toes with their ever-changing maps in any new updates to the game. But it is the introduction of drivable vehicles that took everyone by surprise and introduced a new angle to the game as players could now traverse the map faster and more efficiently.  

But as much as we appreciate Epic Games for their master stroke in creating Fortnite and the work they have put in and continue to do. It cannot be lost to us that PUBG created the way for them in terms of concept and creating a Battle Royale player base that easily embraced the game.

Apex Legends

Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends has also hugely tapped into PUBG success to cut a niche for itself in the Battle Royale arena. Its fresh ideas like the hero-based gameplay, unique twists and turns, and non-stop and fast-paced action on top of its polished mechanics have made the game stand out from its peers in the crowded Battle Royale genre.

The concept for the game is more or less similar to PUBG where as a team you are dropped by a flying ship on a location you choose on the map and you then go ahead to fight enemy squads as you collect weapons and armor. The objective is to be the last team standing. Each player in the team has three unique abilities that they are to use to help the team attain their objective. 

The game, like Fortnite, became an instant hit after its release in 2019 thanks to a player base already familiar with its concept as earlier introduced by PUBG and all too eager and excited to try out the new variations.

Even with their different variations, we can all appreciate that most Battle Royale games have borrowed heavily from PUBG. But having attained the kind of success the game has achieved, who wouldn’t? The ideas of its creators continue to nourish the gaming industry with gamers being the biggest beneficiaries. As for what the future holds for the battle Royale genre we can only speculate, but it has never looked brighter.