If you were crossing your fingers for timed exclusivity and a PlayStation 4 release, you might be disappointed to hear that the ludicrously popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has now sold over eight million copies on Steam, is to be published by Microsoft on Xbox One. Having already been a “console launch exclusive”, as announced back at E3, this potentially putting paid to seeing this game on Sony’s platform any time soon.
As it stands, the game is currently in Steam Early Access, with the expectation that it will see a full release on PC in Q4 of this year, which is later than originally planned. However, the press release reiterates that the game will appear on Xbox One by the end of 2017. It will first enter into the Xbox Game Preview program before seeing a full console release in early 2018.
“Our goal is to deliver the best Battle Royale experience to a global audience and our partnership with Microsoft will allow us to do just that,” said Chang Han Kim, VP of Bluehole, Inc and Executive Producer for PUBG. “This partnership with Microsoft will accelerate the development and delivery of PUBG to console players around the world as we utilize their vast resources and impressive technical, sales and marketing expertise.”
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with the team at Bluehole to bring Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds exclusively to our players on Xbox One this year. We’ve been huge fans since the very earliest days, and worked hard to bring the game successfully to our E3 briefing. The announcement of our publishing the game on console today is an evolution of the strong partnership we’ve been building over many months.”
Source: press release