As the rivalry between battle royale games PUBG and Fortnite rages on, Dr DisRespect explains why still chooses to play the former, in spite of Fortnite’s popularity.
PUBG is seen by many as the direct predecessor to Fortnite Battle Royale, at one time by far the most popular and recognized game in the genre, it was later usurped by its cartoonish counterpart in late 2017.
But Dr DisRespect, who is best known as a PUBG player and streamer, is one of the few top streamers who more often than not still choose the militaristic style of the game over Fortnite.
Some have suggested that this has held back the Doc’s growth, as while other streamers like Ninja and NICKMERCS have massively increased their following with Fortnite, the Doc remains somewhat faithful to PUBG.
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While he does play the game and competes in the weekly ‘Friday Fortnite’ tournaments, he definitely favors PUBG and has now explained his main issue with its rival.
“I just don’t get the feeling with Fortnite” he says, before mimicking the constant building of towers and shelters required to win most engagements, highlighting that the game is more focused on building than shooting.
“I feel like if I had some kind of digital form of a Fortnite character, I could mimic exactly how to build with just my hands. Right – put up four walls, ramp up, four walls, ramp, floor.”
The Doc is highlighting the repetiveness of the building mechanics, as well as the reliance and emphasis the game places on building in order to win engagements.
This is an issue that Fortnite developer, Epic Games, recently addressed, signalling their interest in making so that “not every fight has to result in a build-off”.
Epic Games is yet to introduce measures to influence this, but has strongly hinted at reducing the maximum materials cap, so that players cannot carry around 999 wood, for example.
Perhaps these changes would help convert the Doc and others who dislike the building reliance to the more popular of the two Battle Royale games. But conversely, many argue that building is what makes Fortnite unique, and therefore popular.