PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has surpassed the most optimistic expectations of its developers. It has set some important milestone recently and became the game with the most active players at the same time in September. What’s particularly impressive is the fact that the first-person shooter is yet to be officially released at the end of 2015. Microsoft has signed a sweet exclusivity deal for consoles, so people will only be able to play the game on their flagship device. Given its popularity, they are scrambling to extend the agreement for six more months.
Troubling News for PlayStation 4 Owners
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is already enjoyed by tens of millions of people on PCs, since it is in early access on Steam. Fun to play, requiring no previous experience and very little commitment in terms of time spent online, the game has developed a cult following. Microsoft hopes to tap into this huge pool of players and boost the sales of Xbox One consoles this winter. The agreements signed with Bluehole Inc. will guarantee that outcome for at least a couple of months, but they are now hoping for more.
The goal is to keep the game exclusive to Xbox One for as long as possible, with a reasonable deadline being for mid-2018. This is terrible news for PlayStation 4 owners who were hoping for the game to come to their console of choice in early 2017. Bluehole Inc. developers are on track with patches and updates, so PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is likely to meet its deadline for international release.