NetEase Has A Fortnite Clone Now, To Go With Its PUBG Clone
Last month, Netease settled its lawsuit with PUBG Corp. over the similarities between its battle royale games and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Not content to just copy one wildly popular battle royale game, though, Netease has doubled down and is now taking on Epic Games' juggernaut, Fortnite: Battle Royale, with the oh-so-cleverly named FortCraft.
Currently in closed beta in China, FortCraft has a cartoony style similar to Fortnite, along with building elements that will be familiar to any Fortnite players. You can even hide in a bush, as the video below indicates.
There's not much else out there about the game, as the website only has links to its various social media channels. The most info can be found on Facebook, and the simple fact that it has English versions might indicate that Netease plans to bring the game stateside. Unlike PUBG, though, Fortnite is free, so it might be questionable as to what advantage FortCraft would have over it.
If it does come over, I'd expect another round of legal action, this time initiated by Epic Games -- assuming such things haven't begun already. And if I were Respawn Entertainment or Electronic Arts, I might start greasing up my lawyers for the inevitable Netease clone of Apex Legends that's sure to hit in a year or so.
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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