PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an Early Access Game on Steam, but that isn't stopping it from soaring in popularity. It seems that the fact that the game is technically still in development also isn't keeping its developers from thinking about what a single-player campaign would look like for the game, which is currently multiplayer-only.
While a single-player campaign appears to be a distant goal—with (1) polishing the PC version of the game and completing it then (2) creating a console version of the game taking priority first—Brendan "PLAYERUNKNOWN" Greene is definitely thinking about the possibilities.
So how would the Battle Royale-style game that mixes survival game elements with a military shooter work as a single-player campaign? Greene says it would come down to the lore around the game's setting:
"Lore is important for creating [a single-player campaign], but we don't have any serious lore there... if we were going to do a single-player campaign then maybe the history of the island would come into it."
Greene says his initial idea based on what material is already in the game's world would be to create a story that he pitches as a 1970s Watch Dogs:
"Originally I thought, because we have this Russian island and there's evidence of a military occupation there, it'd be fun to have a Watch Dogs kind of game based on the island. Where it's a bustling island with military occupation and you and five or four friends can play a single kind of multiplayer campaign set in the '70s. I thought that would be a cool era to set something kind of like Watch Dogs. Well, not Watch Dogs, but where you set out to capture each town on the island and take over the island from the military occupation. That was my concept of it.... no plans for it yet, [but] that's my big dream."
Greene reiterated that creating a campaign is a far off goal, saying that he needs to finish the game before starting work on that.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has quickly become a very popular game on Twitch, where it can now regularly be found in the streaming service's top five games, and on YouTube where videos of the game's antics can be found. For those unfamiliar, the game drops teams of players onto an 8x8 kilometer island with absolutely nothing. Players must gather resources and weapons and then battle to be the last person standing in a virtual Hunger Games.
PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds is available now on PC via Steam Early Access.
Source: Game Informer