To say PlayerUnknow’s Battlegrounds was this years breakout hit is a little bit of an understatement. PUBG was released on Steam March 23rd and despite being unfinished has managed to set impressive sales milestones. The game earned in its first week and went on to sell eight million copies in its first five months. Today that number is more than double, but there is more to come. Last week during Paris Games Week Microsoft officially confirmed that PUBG would launch on Xbox Game Preview Program December 12th and cost $30.
Microsoft partnered with Bluehole Studio and PlayerUnknown earlier this year, which has helped the indie developer bring the game to console and with marketing. Now, Xbox owners will be able to join the action, although they won’t be taking on PC players. Bluehole will be developing the console version separately but with the same community-driven focus. Chang Han Kim, CEO of PUBG Corp, had this to say about the launch:
We’re approaching development on Xbox One with the same community-driven focus that we’ve taken with the game on PC. As a result, the ultimate battle royale experience that fans play on Xbox One will be slightly different than what players know today on PC.
To celebrate Xbox players will be able to grab three limited edition cosmetic packs: PUBG Warrior Pack, the PUBG Accessory Pack and the PUBG Tracksuit Pack. These packs will be stand-alone offers as PUBG won’t feature any in-game purchases as long as it is part of the Game Preview Program. Another feature you should not expect is the ability to trade collectable loot you find.
They also confirmed that version 1.0 of the PC version will launch later in December as well. PUBG is, after all, still in early access and while developers have been rolling out new content and updates over the last 10 months, the game is not without its issues. Perhaps its most serious are the issues with are with cheaters. PUBG has committed to dealing with this aspect of the community and has already banned thousands of players. They recently announced new measures to deal with the issue, as the issue with cheater seems to be growing larger than they are currently able to deal with.
The PC community has grown a lot in a very short time frame and there is no reason to believe the game won’t be just as addicting for Xbox players. There is a lot more on the way for the Battle Royale including new cosmetics, maps, and even expanded mechanics. Bluehole’s partnership with Microsoft is a great vehicle to help bring all of that and more to players on both PC and Xbox.
Will you be jumping into PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds next month?