The massively multiplayer online title that took the Steam community by storm this March will make its way to the Xbox One. During Microsoft’s Xbox briefing at E3 2017, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds designer Brendan Greene announced that the game will launch exclusively on Xbox One’s Game Preview Program later this yer. The full version of PUBG will arrive in 2018 for the entire family of Xbox One devices, including Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the recently unveiled Xbox One X.
Chris Charla, director of the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, expressed his enthusiasm about PUBG spreading from PC to Xbox systems in an official Microsoft press release. “We’re super excited to welcome PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to the Xbox One Game Preview Program. Since its launch on PC earlier this year, we’ve been enthusiastic players and it’s been awesome to see its meteoric rise to popularity,” Charla stated. “We’re eager to collaborate with the team at Bluehole to bring PUBG to the Xbox One community, especially with console launch exclusivity.”
During Microsoft’s briefing, Spencer and Green ushered in an intense trailer announcing the impending arrival of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to the Xbox One system. The clip warns that PUBG fans should prepare for the greatest showdown yet in last-man-standing shooter. As they fight against 100 other players in a Battle Royale-style conflict, gamers must fine-tune their tactical approaches, venture to locate and secure weapons, hoard supplies, and trek across the massive eight kilometer by eight kilometer island to emerge from the battle as the sole survivor.
The clip also features all sorts of PUBG goodness, shown off in crystal-clear resolution. Players can drive their rovers down valleys, scooping back up a grassy hill; dodge bullets on a rainy bridge; sneak through seemingly abandoned warehouses and bunkers; or bob and weave through the all-too-quiet wilderness. And they can do it all in native 4K resolution when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits the Xbox One.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will join a laundry list of other Xbox One-exclusive titles to get excited about, from the swashbuckling Sea of Thieves to the 1930s-styled “run-and-gun platformer” Cuphead. The addition of such a raved-about title like this one to the Xbox One line-up is inevitably going to light a fire under players’ fingers to both purchase the title (if they haven’t already through Steam Early Access) and to pick up an Xbox One console. Announcing the game’s console launch exclusivity right after the Xbox One X was shown off in all its glory is one of the smarter moves Microsoft has made. Only time will tell if it pays off down the road.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is slated to arrive on the Xbox One in late 2017. The title is currently available on March 23, 2017 through Steam Early Access.