When PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was on PC solely, it was game-changing. Yes, it was on Steam Early Access, so the game wasn’t even close to being complete at the time, but it was still something that players played in bulk. Microsoft saw this, and decided to get it for themselves. They made a deal with Bluehole to make it a timed console exclusive. And after much delay and preparation, the game finally released on the console via the Xbox Preview Program. Since then, it’s been a huge success on the console.
How big? Well, Xbox Wire reveals that the Xbox One version of the game has passed 3 million players, a remarkable achievement for such a small timeframe. It should be noted that the 3 million number is based on the players in the game at the end of 2017. So it’s very likely that the numbers are much higher now, and Microsoft will likely be fine with that.
That being said, this is still the “preview” version of the game, but, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has said that Bluehole and PUBG Corp are working hard to make sure the “final” version of the game comes to players soon, as well as comes with the necessary updates to make the game fun for all.
“The team at PUBG Corp. is determined to continue to improve the in-game experience for PUBG’s growing and active community and have already released four updates since the game’s launch in Xbox Game Preview on December 12.”
He also promises more big updates like the inclusion of the Miramar map (which is already available on Steam version).
Of course, what PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds really want to know is…will it come to other systems? Sure, we know it’s exclusive to Microsoft for now, but the head of Bluehole has said that they’re open to bringing it to as many systems as possible. So in a way, the Xbox One version is a blueprint on how to make that happen, and make it work well.