PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS sells 4 million Early Access copies in 3 months

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PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, which we shall henceforth call PuBG because it’s not nice to shout at people, is a phenomenon. The Battle-Royale multiplayer game is still in early access, but it’s become an internet darling following its explosion on Twitch and other streaming services.

The massively multiplayer online survival game is what you could call a hit. In the three months that it’s been available in early access, it’s sold over four million copies. The game has sat near or at the top of Steam’s sales charts since its early access release, and it doesn’t look like there’s any chance of that letting up anytime soon.

Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene himself confirmed the milestone on Twitter

The game’s one of those odd, mythical, Early Access creatures that have actually had regular updates as promised – and the game keeps going from strength to strength. It’s one of the most popular games on Steam, coming in at fourth after Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Payday 2. It regularly has around a quarter million playing at any given time.

Though it’s fundamentally different from the likes of open survival games like DayZ, it shares the same roots as an ARMA mod. That mod, Battle Royale, was licenced to Daybreak’s H1Z1 as King of the Kill – but I think we can quite clearly see which game is King of the Hill.

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At E3 last week, Microsoft announced that PuBG would come to the Xbox One (and X!) as a console launch exclusive. It may or may not make its way through to PlayStation 4 once the game is “complete,” because Sony’s not keen on the Early Access model.

Last Updated: June 23, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Hammersteyn

    4 million bought a game that’s still in early access? At least it has more gameplay than Star Citizen I guess…

    • When last did you play. SC makes this game look like it was made in the 80s right after ET.

      Hell I have seen worse ea games with better network code than PUBG.

      • Hammersteyn

        I haven’t played/bought this. I’ve seen gameplay videos but I’m not sure it’s my thing. I prefer Planetside which is a 24/7 on going war. So there’s no sitting and watching other people finish up a round just because you died in the first 30 seconds

        • Admiral Chief

          You still play PS2? I’ve been wanting to jump in again for some time

          • Hammersteyn

            Well, it’s been a while, but yeah, every now and then

          • Admiral Chief

            Wow, I’m impressed

        • You don’t. If you die 30 seconds in you start a new game. The watching other people finish is a choice.

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL, they never mention it

          • Well to be fair if you are in a squad of friends you have to wait for them anyways.

      • GooseZA

        How is SC? I’m very tempted to give it a go since I loved Elite but eventually got bored of the grind.

        • It blows Elite far away but it has some issues that still need to be addressed. They have pretty much nailed down the engine though and the seamless transition from planet surface to space is the most beautiful thing you can experience. Not 1 single loading screen.

          FPS is clunky and this is coming from an ARMA verteran. But to be fair I did not buy SC to play CoD Infinite Warfare.

          • GooseZA

            So it runs smoothly? I’m worried since it’s still Alpha that it will run like crap (kinda like ARK did on console)

          • Define runs smoothly?

            FPS – Yes it is buttery at 60FPS (mind you I do run a 1080)
            Server Tick (Server FPS) – Can cause a bit of a kerfuffle sometimes. Felt by all so no disadvantages there
            Latency – Stable however 200ms average ZA players have a major disadvantage due to the network tickrate
            Network tickrate – 40/20 hz split … basically if he sees you and you fire first you still die first. We have a major disadvantage here.

            Still even though we are at a disadvantage it is a fun game.
            Just never ever land in high pop areas cause chances of you winning a fist fight is about 5%.

        • Mighty Meh

          I’d wait or buy the cheapest ship if I were you.

          There are things to do and it looks amazing but it is still very much in the alpha stage, I barely get 20 fps in the persistent universe with a 1070.

          When it eventually does go gold I have no doubt it will be one of the most amazing games out there but right now I log in for about an hour every few months just to see whats changed.

          It’s very easy to get caught up in the hype and end up buying more than one ship but I wouldn’t recommend it. Especially with our shitty exchange rate. I was lucky enough to buy my aurora and 300 back when it was R7.5 to the $.

          Maybe keep a look out for a fly for free weekend but be warned, its about a 50GB download!

          • GooseZA

            Shot for the info. Will wait then as I don’t want to drop R600 and then have crap frame rates.

  • The game was fun but it will start losing players soon. Hitbox and network code has not been fixed and it is the biggest complaint on the forums. I hit a guy in the face 5 times at point blank with a shotgun and he took no damage even though the blood splatter on my screen suggested otherwise.

    • Admiral Chief

      Git gud


      • Viper_ZA

        The more I play, the worse I get sometimes :/

    • Skyblue

      Play Quake Champions, local servers, be happy.

      • Then I might as well play Starcraft 2. Quake and PUBG are two completely different games.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Since when are you worried about shouting at people???????

  • MonsterCheddar

    I can’t wait for this to hit XBonks. Definitely getting it.

    • R800 incoming 🙂

      • MonsterCheddar



        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Because you’re not aerodynamic.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Oi. Have you seen the Zeppelin?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’ve seen the Hindenberg. 😛

          • MonsterCheddar

            Or that one….XD

  • Viper_ZA

    Getting some chicken dinner is more luck than skill I’m afraid!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    And it still didn’t make it onto the Steam Summer Sale …

    Still keen to get though.

    • Skyblue

      Day 1, it’s Day 1. I didn’t find any goodies either today #sadpanda

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