The PUBG Xbox One release date has been confirmed
UPDATE ONE: Microsoft has confirmed the official PUBG release date for Xbox One.
Battlegrounds will be a console launch exclusive in 2017 for the Xbox One and Xbox One X through the Xbox Game Preview program.
And it has now been confirmed that it will make its debut on December 12, 2017. It should also be noted that PUBG will be in early access on Xbox One from December onwards.
The news was shared at Paris Games Week today, where Brendan Greene – aka PlayerUnknown – opened the Xbox booth with Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing.
More on the PUBG Xbox One announcement: “We’re approaching development on Xbox One with the same community-driven focus that we’ve taken with the game on PC.
“As a result, the ultimate battle royale experience that fans play on Xbox One will be slightly different than what players know today on PC.
“In addition to announcing Xbox’s XGP launch date on December 12, we also shared the exciting news that we’re on track to launch 1.0 for the PC version in late December.
“This has been an amazing year for us and launching both 1.0 on PC and on Xbox through Xbox Game Preview are huge milestones for the team. I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time, but I’m even more excited to say that we’re just getting started.
“Both versions are being developed at the same time, but they both have their own separate roadmaps. Various Xbox One features and functionality will change and come online over time just like they have on PC, with our goal being to have both versions align to each other as soon as possible.
“Feedback as you know has been critical to the game’s success, so beginning December 12 we want to hear from Xbox fans on what they think about PUBG and how we can make the best version of the game possible.”
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PLAYER Unknown's Battlegrounds is a massively multiplayer survival game in which players compete to be the last person standing.
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Update: Microsoftis about to make a huge PUBG announcement at Paris Games Week.
Brendan PlayerUnknown Greene told Twitter followers that he was live at Paris Games Week with Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg.
The two are teasing something special that will be revealed later today.
Original: PUBG has given Microsoft a huge boost ahead of its Xbox One release date.
Microsoft recently announced that Battlegrounds is now running on its cloud computing service Azure.
This was revealed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who told investors that it gives the company a big opportunity in the cloud.
"Gaming pushes the boundaries of hardware and software innovation, with some of the most CPU and GPU-intensive applications and content, giving us a huge opportunity in the cloud," he said (via Windows Central).
"As one example, PUBG Corp., with the hit game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, is not only partnering to make Xbox the exclusive console at launch, but is also running on Azure."
The switch from Amazon Web Services to Azure will raise the platform's profile and could make it more attractive to other publishers in the future.
PUBG gets a performance boost on Xbox One and PC
The news comes as PUBG developer Bluehole makes another big change in preparation for the Xbox One release date and full PC launch.
The Battlegrounds developer has finally reset the leaderboards, more than a week after originally planned.
The new leaderboard season was scheduled to kick off on October 11, but the popularity of the game made it impossible to make the change without causing major server issues.
The leaderboard reset has now gone live, although Bluehole has warned that there may be a period of instability while the update rolls out.
Battlegrounds takes place on a remote island where 100 players compete to be the sole survivor.
Similar to games like DayZ, players must gather supplies, armour and weapons in order to defeat other players.
And in a unique twist, the battleground actually gets smaller as games go on.
"Players will enter a last-man-standing battle where they try to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies in a graphically and tactically rich battleground that eventually forces players into a shrinking play zone as they engage in a tense and spectacular fight to the death," reads a Bluehole statement.