Microsoft confirms PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Xbox One launch date

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a first-person shooter multiplayer extravaganza that has taken Windows gaming by storm.

The early access (beta) version of PUBG has been available on Windows since March 2017.

Microsoft, the official publisher of the game, and the Bluehole development team have now confirmed a December 12 launch date for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on the Xbox One.

The launch date announcement was made at the Paris Game Week where Bluehole’s lead designer for PUBG, Mr Greene, opened the Xbox booth with Microsoft’s game marketing guru Mr Greenburg.

They announced that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds would make its console debut on December 12 via the Xbox Game Preview program.

Thus, the launch date is for an early access Xbox version; but there’s no word yet on when the game will arrive on the PlayStation 4.

Microsoft also confirmed that PUBG on Windows would exit early access before the end of December. Version 1.0 of Battlegrounds will roll out on the PC shortly after the game’s early access launch on Xbox One. The CEO of PUBG Corp stated:

Both versions are being developed at the same time, but they both have their own separate roadmaps. Various Xbox One features and functionality will change and come online over time just like they have on PC, with our goal being to have both versions align to each other as soon as possible.

This is certainly an exciting announcement for the millions of players who have had a blast with the early access PUBG.

The battle royale game pits 100 players on a deserted 8 x 8 island map, which gradually gets smaller, in a last-man-standing battle.

Players pick up their arsenals and other supplies on the map and then blast away at each other until there is almost nobody left. This YouTube video shows you some tantalizing PUBG game footage.

The early access PUBG has already been a big hit on Windows. The game has shifted more than 13 million copies on Steam, and the final version is not even out yet.

Furthermore, Battleground has also stormed to the top of Steam’s player count charts with a peak player figure rising to 2,390,946. That puts it ahead of Valve’s own Dota 2 and Counter-Strike games on the player count chart.

As such, PUBG has been one of the gaming sensations of 2017. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will get even bigger when both its finished versions are out on the Xbox One and Windows in 2018. T

he Windows game is currently retailing at $30 on Steam, and the Xbox One’s PUBG willprobably have the same RRP.

You can check out the game’s website for further PUBG updates.

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