The rise of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become something of a legend by now. The title, which is still in early access, has been going from strength to strength when it comes to its number of concurrent Steam users, fighting off big-hitters of the video game world such as leapfrogging the likes of Grand Theft Auto 5. Now, the game has managed to grab the number one spot in the Steam peak player charts.
Today, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds took top spot from Valve’s Dota 2, pulling in a high of 877,844 concurrent users. With Dota 2 trailing with a high of 838,519, it means that – at least for today – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has beaten even Valve’s own games on Steam for peak users.
The victory was shortlived, with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds falling from the number one spot after only a couple of hours in the lead, but that high player count means that the signs look good for future victories. Indeed, the upward trajectory of the game means that it may well end up topping the 1 million concurrent player mark before too long.
This is undoubtedly a huge triumph for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and proves just how much of a gaming phenomenon it has become. The title’s Battle Royale-esque gameplay has captivated players since it first released, and since then has managed to build from success to success.
It’s unlikely that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is going to slow down any time soon, either. Recently, Brendan Greene (aka PlayerUnknown) shared the next map for the game, a desert-themed map with what seems to be a dense urban environment. With further patches due before the game sees full release, there will hopefully be even more improvements on the way.
Of course, it’s not just Steam that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is aiming to conquer, either. Recently, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds announced an expanded partnership with Microsoft that will see the game come to Xbox One as part of the Xbox Game Preview program by the end of 2017. If the game is able to prove as popular on Xbox One as it is on PC, then who knows how far the popularity of the title can reach.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is out now in early access for PC. It is set to launch on Xbox One in late 2017, with a final version of the game releasing in early 2018.