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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: About the publishing deal, PS4 version and more


We love PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and the game is, without a doubt, a tremendous success. Yesterday, we reported that PUBG reached the massive milestone of 10 million copies sold and continues to surpass Valve’s MOBA juggernaut, Dota 2, in concurrent players.

There are a lot of things to look forward to in PUBG, for example, the upcoming desert map, its official launch and of course, the game’s release in the Xbox Game Preview program. However, for those who only game on the PS4 or PS4 Pro, it might still be a long wait before they can get some chicken dinner for themselves.

In a newly published interview over at GamesIndustry.biz, Player Unknown himself, Brendan Greene, spoke about the publishing deal with Microsoft, why the game is coming to the Xbox One family first and touched on the topic of a PS4 port.

When asked about the recent announcement that Microsoft will be publishing the game on the Xbox One, Mr Greene explained:

But we use Unreal, and with Unreal porting to Xbox is simple enough. And now that we're published by Microsoft, they're sending people to our office in Korea, and in Span, and they're going to help port the game. The main development team still works on the PC version. We're doing the publishing deal because of the expertise they bring to it, and not just to the Xbox version, but the PC version as well. We run on Windows, which is a Microsoft product, and we're working with them… to try and improve security that allows cheating to happen. It's just strengthening that relationship with the people who make the platforms so that the Xbox and the PC version can be the best they can.

On the topic of cross-play, Mr Greene mentioned how mouse and keyboard players should play against each other.

We're looking into it. We'd like to see some form of cross-play, but we think it would only be fair if it was keyboard and mouse versus keyboard and mouse, or controller versus controller. But it's still under heavy discussion.

Mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One, as we reported earlier this week, will definitely be coming to the console, so it will be interesting to see if PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be one of the first games to support such a feature.

On the topic of PUBG ever making it to the PlayStation platform, Mr Greene explained what’s going on in their development process right now:

This is just, as I keep saying, our team size is just so limited at the moment. We can only focus on PC and Xbox. We just don't have the time, and Xbox has the Preview Program, which allows us to – like Early Access – develop the game with the players. That's where our focus is right now, and we just want to make the best version of the game for both of those platforms.

That’s not saying much about the possibility of a PS4 version of the game, but if one does happen, it will probably be some time in the future.

What do you think about all the information discussed and would you like to see PUBG make it to the PS4 sometime in the future? Let us know in the comment section below.    

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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