Proving to be one of the bestselling games of 2017 so far on Steam, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is causing quite a stir. You can download the game now on PC but Xbox One players will have to wait - the game has been confirmed for Xbox One on 12 December 2017.
Brendan Greene is a pioneer of the Battle Royale genre and creator of the Battle Royale game mode on the ARMA series and 'King of the Kill' in H1Z1. He's working on this new title with a veteran team at Bluehole.
When is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds coming out on Xbox One?
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds release date: 12 December 2017 (Xbox One)
PUBG is coming to Xbox One on 12 December 2017, and you can already play it on PC via Steam Early Access (while the game is being developed – bugs and all). It is not yet known when it will be ready for PS4.
When is PUBG leaving Early Access?
Following a trailer showcasing the new map headed to PUBG in the next couple of weeks, it was announced that PUBG would hit version 1.0 (official release) on 20 December 2017, allowing all players full access to the new map, weapons and more.
Bluehole has also confirmed that once the game is officially released, the team will look into more cosmetics in loot boxes. Don't worry about pay to win though, as the company has already promised that loot boxes won't provide any gameplay advantages (although comparing a full camo outfit with a white t-shirt and jeans, it's obvious which would get spotted first!).
New PUBG map: Miramar
PUBG is great fun - no one is saying it isn't - but there's only so long that you can play the game on the same map, and the developers know it too. That's why Bluehole has been working on a new map for PUBG, and it has finally been revealed following months of teasers.
The map is called Miramar, it's set in the desert, and should provide a completely different environment to the lush greenery currently found in PUBG. It'll come with areas of open desert, ghost towns and empty warehouses, all presenting new opportunities for PUBG players.
The map consists of eight main locations, but Bluehole has promised that there are other locations hidden out in the wilderness waiting to be discovered. The main locations in Miramar are:
- Los Leones
- El Pozo
- Monte Nuevo
- Valle del Mar
- La Cobreri
- San Martin
There's more details about each location available on the announcement on Steam, for those that want to find out more.
The most important question is: when do we get to play it? Bluehole has said that Miramar will be available to play during the final test round in the next few days before PUBG hits version 1.0 on 20 December and the map will be available for everyone.
Following the incredible success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC, the multiplayer shooter is set to make an appearance on smartphones soon. The catch? It'll only be available in China - initially, anyway. The Battle Royale game is being ported by Tencent, the same company that is working on the localised version of the full game for the Chinese market.
The company promises an "authentic" port of the core gameplay, although it's not clear yet how the fairly complex keyboard-and-mouse controls will translate to small mobile displays. Will mobile players be at a disadvantage playing against PC gamers? It seems to be the case, although Tencent has claimed that it's making "very good progress" on the mobile game and the mechanics.
Don't be disheartened that it's a China-only game at launch - it seems unlikely to stay that way indefinitely. Looking on the App Store and Google Play, there are already plenty of PUBG clones that offer similar gameplay on a mobile display - and Bluehole would be crazy not to cash in on that interest, especially since it has kicked off the recent explosion of Battle Royale games.
Is PUBG down?
As with any online service, server downtime can cause issues worldwide - and that seems to be what happens with PUBG periodically, with players reporting connectivity issues around the world. It begs the question, how can you check the PUBG server status?
To check whether PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is down, you can check third-party service status websites like Down Detector. These crowd-sourced sites provide players with a way of letting each other know that there's an issue, and even provides features like a heatmap to see if the outage is localised.
You can also check the PUBG Twitter account, as we imagine that'll be the way that developers communicate with fans about the server status.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gameplay
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a massively multiplayer online battle royale game. In other words it's a free-for-all, last-player-standing-style survival shooter. Starting from nothing, players have to find weapons and supplies in order to stay alive.
"From when I first started making the Battle Royale game-mode in ARMA 2, I have always wanted to make a good game. With Bluehole, and their philosophy of creating 'well made' games, I am confident that together we can create a great game," said Greene.
The official explaination of the game is this: "Players are dropped into a wide, open area, and they must fight to the death - all while the battlefield shrinks, adding pressure to all in its grip. Use a variety of interesting weapons and vehicles amid the Battlegrounds."
The game includes various weapons such as guns, bows and melee weapons. There are also items, equipment and vehicles including a speedboat. You'll also like Metro: Exodus.
You can play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds solo but also as part of a team so you can come up with a strategy with friends. Up to 100 players can play in a battle royale in one go.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is played on a huge island map covering 8x8km with high levels of detail thanks to Unreal Engine 4. Epic Games, creators of the Unreal Engine, has released its own version of PUBG: Fortnite Battle Royale. To find out which is best, take a look at our PUBG vs Fortnite Battle Royale comparison.
In terms of the Xbox One variant of the game, one of the biggest noticeable differences will be in frame-rate - initially, anyway. While the PUBG devs were aiming for 60fps for the Xbox One variant of the hugely popular Battle Royale game, the game's creator Brendan Greene has said that it'll run at 30fps regardless of whether you have a standard console or high-end Xbox One X.
Will this change? While no-one is sure, Greene has stated that Bluehole is “constantly refining the game and exploring options to increase FPS, but this early in dev, we’re unable to confirm more,”.
Early Access updates
With the game still in Early Access, it's receiving regular updates with bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and new features.
The latest update, which was released at the end of October 2017, brings an important change to PUBG that will force some players to re-think their strategy. According to the development team's patch notes, the patch increases the amount of damage taken in the blue zone and fixes a well-known bug where bullets would 'ignore' armour.
The patch encourages players to engage inside the play zone, rather than camping in the Blue Zone. applying bandages and other healing items and wiping out the last few survivors when the time comes. It's a tactic that was even used by the Gamescom invitational Winner, Evermore, and is classed by many as cheating.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Facebook livestream
As part of the game's development, Bluehole will hold weekly livestreams on Facebook to 'showcase different elements' of the open-world battle royale. They will be hosted by a Bluehole community manager and content creators from the PUBG community.
"Livestreaming has been very important to the growth of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. We believe that featuring PUBG livestreamers on Facebook further strengthens our commitment to the community while extending the reach of our game to a global audience," said Bluehole.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds minimum specs
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
- Processor: Intel Core i3-4340/AMD FX-6300
- Memory: 6GB RAM
- Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 30GB available space