It’s almost hard to believe that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds only released via Steam Early Access in March, 2017. The battle royale game, which has yet to launch in full, has experienced immense popularity and constantly breaks its own records.
According to data available via Steam statistics service Steam Spy, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has now sold well over 15 million copies. As of October 10, Steam Spy’s data logs 15,683,386 owners for Bluehole’s battle royale hit. It was only the beginning of September when it was revealed that Battlegrounds had sold 10 million copies, meaning that it has sold almost six million additional copies in just over a month.
Although Steam Spy stresses that its data uses the Steam API and may not be 100% accurate, the data published by Steam itself doesn’t lie. According to Steam’s concurrent players page for the game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has now hit two million concurrent players (players logged into the game at the same time).
Earlier this week, Battlegrounds had been pushing the two million concurrent figure, but not everyone expected the game to reach it so soon. Bluehole will be glad to see that people are logged in and actually playing its game and aren’t just buying the game due to the hype, only to leave their copies dormant in their Steam library.
OVER TWO MILLION!! Thank you all, once again, for your continued support <3 pic.twitter.com/Gf9DEjuhBv
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) October 11, 2017
Bluehole will also be delighted to see that its game is growing despite being faced with a significant challenge from other games getting in on the battle royale fun. For example, Fortnite‘s Battle Royale game mode hit seven million players, which was largely due to the fact that the particular game mode is free to play. It does not have a paid barrier to entry the way that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds does. Though clearly, not even freebies are enough to keep people away from Bluehole’s title.
If Battlegrounds can fend off this competition then there’s no telling which sales records the game will smash next. In the coming months, the game will be introducing a brand new map and PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, has also suggested that the game could introduce a single-player campaign.
On top of this, there is also the forthcoming Xbox One release of the game. This will not only bring console players into the fray, but also it could give PC gamers another chance to get invested in the game too, ratcheting up those sales figures even higher.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC in Early Access and will launch on Xbox One in 2017.
Source: Steam Spy