Top 5 Lessons PUBG Could Learn From Fortnite Battle Royale
5 - Spectator Cam
When you die in PUBG, you’re treated to a shot of your character lying dead on the floor. You’re then kicked back out to the main menu, where you immediately forget about that last match and queue for the next.
When you die in Fortnite Battle Royale, however, you’re able to spectate the enemy who killed you. When I first started playing, I used the Spectator Cam to study my killer’s tactics, watching as he broke down walls to find hidden chests, and used Shield Potions. Towards the end of the match, he started to build a base and then stairs to climb to the top of a mountain. All of this was helpful information that made me instantly more knowledgeable.
That player who had murdered me not 20 minutes previously, was now indirectly teaching me the ropes. It’s also nice to be able to watch and see if that enemy goes on to win, or die in some embarrassing way. And, since there are a lot of cheaters in these types of games, it’s great to be able to spectate and capture evidence.
In PUBG, I think a Spectator Cam would work well in Solo play, or in Duos and Squads when the entire party is dead. Players who have an audience could get a little icon telling them how many people are watching, adding a little more pressure.
4 - Destructible Environments
In PUBG, things are pretty limited when it comes to destructible environments. Doors can be shot apart, and some smaller broken shacks can be run down with a car, but that’s about it.
In Fortnite Battle Royale, you can destroy almost everything. Break walls down with your pickaxe and reveal cowering enemies, or shoot down trees that enemies are taking cover behind.
I’m not saying everything in PUBG should be destructible, but it’d be cool to see a few more ways of causing destruction, or at least some kind of bullet penetration, to help get a drop on enemies.
3 - Make Loot More Interesting
During the first 10-15 minutes of a PUBG round, it’s all about exploring buildings to get a decent gun, armor, and enough medicine. After that, unless you’re going for airdrops, loot becomes a lot less exciting. Clearing buildings and securing more loot usually isn’t worth the trouble, as 90% of the time the items are repeats or less useful than what you currently own.
Fortnite Battle Royale is great in that it keeps looting interesting. Hidden chests contain more powerful weapons, and the tiered rarities means players are constantly looking for upgrades.
A white level rifle might be good enough to begin with, but you’ll be wanting to upgrade to green, blue, purple, and orange. This keeps players moving and looting, taking bigger risks to get better rewards.
In PUBG, once you have some kind of rifle, a suppressor or flash hider, and a 4X scope, it’s usually time to play it safe and go slow. Airdrops are cool, but I think there could be something more.
2 - Crafting & Building
The biggest difference between PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale is that the latter has a crafting system. In Fortnite BR, players can collect resources like wood and metal and use them to build bases, stairs, and more. This adds a whole other layer of strategy to the battle royale experience, as cover can be crafted and plopped down almost instantaneously, which can be a lifesaver when being attacked by a sniper. Stairs can be built to climb to extreme heights, letting you scale mountains and get a better vantage point.
This level of crafting and building is way too insane for PUBG, that’s for sure, but I think some ability to gather resources and repair doors and windows, or maybe build a makeshift ladder, is a neat idea.
1 - Console Is Where the War Will Be Won
While PUBG is absolutely dominating on the PC platform, it sure is taking its sweet time coming to consoles. While the Xbox One early access version is supposed to be coming soon, there’s still no concrete news on when PlayStation owners will get to experience it.
This may not seem like a big deal for a game that has just hit 1.7 million concurrent players on PC, but the real war is won on consoles, where the biggest audience plays.
With how quickly Fortnite is growing, and at the low price of free, I think PUBG should be at least little concerned and motivated when it comes to making moves on console hardware.
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