Microsoft to publish PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for Xbox One

Steve Phelps
August 24, 2017

The new desert map is being developed by two teams based in the U.S. and Sweden, so this shouldn't have an impact on the now in-development traversal improvements.

During Microsoft's Gamescom briefing today, the company announced an expanded partnership with Playerunknown's Battlegrounds developer Bluehole.

PUBG will arrive on the Xbox One family of consoles later this year and is confirmed to have performance enhancements for the Xbox One X when it is released. Chang Han Kim, the Bluehole Vice President, was quoted as saying that the extended partnership was in the best interest of gamers and developers.

Microsoft's been asked if this equate to an exclusivity arrangement, but has so far been less than informative.

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Bluehole Studio's PLAYERUNKNOWN'S Battlegrounds has been performing phenomenally since it launched earlier this year, hitting a continuous player base of over 600,000 players per day on Steam. There is no telling if the PUBG will follow the same scenario. Through this partnership, Microsoft will help accelerate console development and maintain quality across all platforms. The general optimization of the game for all players is likely to undergo some alterations.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is now available in Early Access only on Steam but over the next few months will be exclusive to Xbox One consoles, after that it seems that the title could also come on PlayStation 4 but there is now no information on that version. The final version will be released in early 2018.

Greene kicked off the first eSports LAN for the game in the best way possible, revealing that chicken dinners will soon get covered in sand when the new desert map makes its way to the game.

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