LOS ANGELES—Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, the world's biggest "battle royale"-themed shooting game on PCs, finally has a console release window pegged. Game creator Brendan Greene announced the news at Microsoft's E3 conference on Sunday, and, unsurprisingly, he pegged it as an Xbox One console exclusive.
"Playerunknown" himself takes the Xbox stage. (credit: Kyle Orland)
The game, which you've either never heard of or have watched non-stop on Twitch as of late (it's one of the streaming site's current top games), pits up to 99 players against each other in a giant-island battle to the death. Players can either try to survive the island solo, in a duo, or as a four-person squad. Like other recent "survival-shooter" games, PUBG drops players on a single, desolate world (in this case, a deserted island). Unlike others, a range of timers and shrinking zones forces players into a central circle over time, which makes its 15-20 minute battles always feel tense.
The game began life as a multiplayer mod for the hardcore PC military shooter Arma III. Its formal release as a standalone Steam game has jumpstarted its playerbase. Greene did not confirm whether any other features coming to the PC version, including new worlds to battle in, will reach the Xbox One versions. (The PC version is still considered "early access" within Steam.)