PlayerUnknown On Creating The Battle Royale Genre

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With the mainstream success of Fortnite Battle Royale, the introduction of Dying Light: Bad Blood, and news about upcoming AAA games having battle royale modes, one thing has become clear: it is no longer just a mode. It is becoming its own genre.

In the video above, we sat down with Brendan Greene, aka "Playerunknown," to talk about the success of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, how it spawned out of a series of mods, and how it plans to stay relevant with increasing competition in the future.

In the video below, you can watch the full chat with Greene and Mike Mahardy. For more news and interviews out of GDC, stay tuned to GameSpot throughout the weekend.

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H1Z1 created it and Fortnite perfected it. PUBG actually did very little. They didn’t even create original assets.

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Created my ass. They just made the first version that was widely successful. This guy is such a baby.

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Nice smile, for me it is game very bored.....

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He didn't invent the genre, he just jump-started the craze.

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@xenomorphalien He created the ARMA 2 BR mod which predates any other BR game long before he created PUBG. :

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they just made it mainstream i believe the battle royal movie really inspired the genre to forget that is to do the movie a disservice.

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@donsnypa That's a movie, not a game. They didn't say he created the movie genre and neither does he. And yes, he created the game genre. The first instance I've been able to find of this type of game mode is the ARMA 2 Battle Royale mod and he is the one that created it. H1Z1 is based off that idea and then he did his own with PUBG. :

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@jski: i said inspired not created ... do you even read the words that are typed on a page or just ramble poop? fair enough genre might have been the wrong word to use. That doesn't excuse your blatant misread of a comment and then pompus attitude along with it to justify your foolishness ... cool you beans key-bored warrior and direct your internet searches to Dyslexia...

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@donsnypa Yawn, anyone ever tell you how boring you are? It was an incorrectly worded post and I corrected you. Sorry you're too much of a little snowflake to handle it, now shoo, I have better things to do. And I don't have to justify anything to you, sorry for ya!:

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@jski: what you did was go on an incorrect rant then follow up with more foolishness , i would of thought the best course of action was to say 'oops my bad' but you follow up with more name calling,look at the original comment you follow up chatting more crap justifying yourself ... i was making a social commentary on your actions, i dont need you to justify a thing to me son, you have exausted my f's to give on this subject well played maybe one day you will google Dyslexia... as i said from the start your understanding of communication is lacking...

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@donsnypa TL:DR and don't care.:

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Genre? What stupid idiots would say that br is a genre, its a mode, a sub-genre at best.

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@matea88 I guess the idiots that see multiple full products built around the idea making it a genre? It could possibly be a sub-genre of competitive multiplayer shooters/games, but it is still definitely a distinct genre.:

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It’s not even a genre - sub genre at best

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People are stupid. Even If he didn't create it(he did) PUBG is what made it relevant. And its still significantly better than the competition.

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@SchNerdy: fortnite is the more popular game. cant say pubg is better when players clearly think otherwise

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@banhammer: you're an idiot. Its popularity is on console specifically PS4. It doesn't have more players on Xbox or PC(not even close).

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@banhammerPopular has never equaled better. If popular meant better then Justin Bieber is the best musician of the last few years and I doubt most over the age of 12 would agree on that. One can't be better than the other, they have completely different playstyles. I started with Fortnite and went to PUBG which I liked better, but now I play a little more Fortnite because I'm tired of second place finishes to Chinese cheaters that kill me by shooting through rocks, turn off the world geometry to see where I am, or shoot ten feet behind my legs and somehow achieve a headshot.:

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omg H1Z1 is 3yr old, and this guy on the interview is talking about a year..... and he works for a gaming site

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This is a terribly uninformed article. PUBG isnt even close to being the creator of the battle royale genre. H1Z1 King of the Kill was out way before PUBG became relevant.

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@Loch324: You're one of those terribly uninformed know-it-all retards who can't do basic history fact checking before spewing out your garbage comments on the internet.

He created the Arma BR mods and consulted on creating the H1Z1 mode.

Please stop posting garbage comments when you know nothing.

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@Loch324: "PlayerUnknown"is the nickname of the guy who came up with the BR mode. They are not saying that PUBG was the first BR game.

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@Loch324: I'm confused H1Z1 KotK was based on ARMA 2 BR which he created. I don't like the term created but he definitely was a pioneer in genre.

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@Loch324: He created that mode lol

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Again, how did he invent Battle Royale?

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@bronson He created the ARMA 2 Battle Royale mod which predates the other battle royale games like H1Z1 so he can pretty easily lay claim to creating the game version of the BR genre and also by making it what it is today with PUBG. That would be how.: