PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds To Be Published By Microsoft On Xbox One, But Would Probably Not Be Console Exclusive
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will be out on consoles, on Xbox One first as it was revealed at E3 2017. But it looks like Microsoft will be stepping up even more- they will publish the console version which is still slated to be out in late 2017 as an Xbox Game Preview title- similar to Steam’s Early Access.
“By partnering with Microsoft, our team believes that we will be able to accelerate console development, while maintaining quality across all platforms, as well as giving us access to vast sales, marketing and publishing resources that will help us reach new fans to welcome to the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds universe,” reads the statement by CH Kim of Bluehole, developers of PUBG.
There’s no mention that the publishing deal mean an Xbox console exclusive. The folks at VG 24/7 figured that this might just be a similar deal seen in Rise Of The Tomb Raider. Microsoft published the game on Xbox One first, alongside providing resources (money) to the development. The game eventually got a PS4 release the next year.
The messaging by the PUBG team doesn’t rule out a PS4 release, but no direct mention of it being a thing either.
The game is still in Early Access on Steam. Despite more work needed to get the gameplay up to snuff and optimisation, it has sold 8 million copies and is now one of the biggest games on Steam in terms of concurent player number count. The full release of the game will be sometime in 2018.