It’s an interesting thing how video games advance in life. Take for example the game known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This game was born from the mind of a man who wanted to make an epic Battle Royale game, and a man who had been making Battle Royale style mods for some time. Fast forward a few years later, and the unfinished title is one of the hottest games in the world, and it’s even being announced to be coming to consoles. But that’s just the beginning.
At E3 2017, we heard that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was coming to Xbox One, and that it would be an exclusive in regards to consoles (the game is currently on Steam Early Access). But in a special post, the team behind the game revealed that the title would be published by Microsoft itself. This is a major shift, as it means Microsoft will be doing much more to help this game succeed.
— Xbox (@Xbox) August 20, 2017
According to Executive Producer CH Kim, this was done after numerous conversations with Microsoft, and realizing that the two teams had a similar vision for the game, and thus the partnership was struck. Kim is very excited for what this means:
“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.”
Indeed, this no doubt will lead to big things for the title. The game already has 4+ million downloads on Steam Early Access, so the potential for it on Xbox One is very high. No word yet on when it will release on console.