PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene expressed how important it is to release their game on consoles. Greene confirms that they’re going to bring the game to consoles since there’s no game of its genre yet on PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s what we know about PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s release on consoles.
“You have to bring it (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) on consoles” said Greene on an interview with Game Informer. Greene explains that they’ll eventually bring the game to consoles after polishing the PC version.
Some console titles like The Division and Ark Survival Evolved have game modes that somewhat caters to the battle royale genre, albeit indirectly. The Division’s Survival mode and Ark: Survival of the Fittest mode are good alternatives. The Division’s Survival mode isn’t a full battle royale game mode as it only encourages killing to gain an advantage instead of wiping out all other players to win. Ark: Survival of the Fittest is considered a standalone game than a mode, though it still has yet to launch on consoles. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds might have a chance to dominate the market due to its lack of competition in the free-for-all fight genre on consoles.
Battle royales in survival video games are usually player-organized and limited to the game’s features. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits the spot where a full-on battle royale game can happen without the stress of setting up custom matches.
For now, fans will just have to wait until the developers finish up the PC version to start aiming for its console release. Greene plans to fully polish the PC version first before they fully work on the console versions. According to an Inven interview, the developers plan to release the game on Xbox One via the Xbox Preview Program. A PS4 release is the dev’s next plan afterwards due to Sony’s lack of early access programs. Greene and Bluehole Studio didn’t give any release date for when these console versions will be released.
Greene also mentioned in the Game Informer interview that he wants to improve the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ client and server performance. The latest patch, Early Access Week 8 update, has one client side update. However, the team failed to mention any hints on how far they are in reaching the game’s final build.