The development team behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been working quickly to finish the already incredibly successful Early Access title. Now, it looks like there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with the game’s creator, Brendan Greene, saying the final PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds product will launch within the next six months.
The revelation came by way of an interview with RockPaperShotgun this week, where Greene shared his experience in developing the shooter and his excitement over its success. At one point during the interview, Greene was asked how soon the final game would be available for sale. Greene provided a very confident response:
“People tell us we’re not going to be out of early access in six months; challenge accepted. I can guarantee you, six or seven months and we’re out of early access. It’s the team. It’s a matter of honour, you know? We will finish this game in six months.”
Considering how quickly Bluehole has been able to make improvements to PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds, and the fact that the development team is already working on new content for the game, it’s not too surprising to hear Greene provide such a short development timeline. In fact, that’s pretty close to what most gamers were expecting, especially after Greene previously mentioned his intention to complete the game this year on PC and release a version for Xbox One shortly thereafter.
With the incredible success PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has experienced over the last few months, there’s little doubt Greene and the rest of his crew will be able to find any needed resources to complete the game’s development. In fact, with over four million units sold to date (and very close to five million at that), the company has received well over $100 million in revenue thus far, much of which can be used to finish the game.
As mentioned above, the team at Bluehole seems so confident in their abilities that they’ve already been teasing new maps and game modes. During the recent E3 conference, the developer showed off some brief gameplay of an upcoming zombie mode and discussed many of its plans for the game’s future.
There are also a handful of new game mechanics on the way for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, including the ability to climb and vault over walls, plus a range of new weather patterns and weapons coming soon.
All-in-all, it seems the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has only served add more success to the title. At this rate, the game will easily become one of the most successful independent video game titles in history.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is currently available on PC via Steam Early Access.