PUBG Aims to Launch on "Every Platform"


On their own, these lists paint a telling picture of the gaming landscape in 2017, with the rise of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and the continued popularity of Grand Theft Auto V contextualising the actions of studios like EA in their shift from single-player, story-based games to multiplayer-focused games-as-a-service. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is of course on this list (though still in Early Access on Xbox One) as well as ARK: Survival Evolved, which originally came out in Early Access back in 2015 before launching later this year.

The full list is 100 games strong and can be viewed over on the Steam website, but if that's a click too far you can check out which titles went platinum and gold by glancing below. Unlike Sony, Microsoft will happily offer in-development games on the store, the same way Steam has been doing with Early Access.

PUBG started as a mod pack for other games, but was eventually turned into a standalone game by Korea-based PUBG Corporation (a subsidiary of Bluehole). He said he envisions going into the worlds of "Esports, movies, drama, cartoons, animation" and more with "Battlegrounds".

PlayStation, on the other hand, was very particular about it. Kim shared that there were some instances when even though developers had already finished making the game, it still "took 6 months more to launch". In fact, we received a couple of calls from a number of developers in Hollywood and Netflix.

It's not clear what game Han Kim is referring to in this instance, but the CEO added that the studio is still learning how to develop for consoles, and beginning to understand console gamers' tastes.

PlayStation does not have an equivalent service, so the game will not hit that platform until it is "done" on Xbox One. Bear that in mind as you read on.

That's certainly an ambitious goal, but before you throw cold water on the idea, consider that PUBG has sold over 30 million copies in less than a year and recently boasted over 3 million concurrent players via Steam.