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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Reaches 10 Million Sold

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Every year brings another runaway indie success story. Last year was Stardew Valley, but this year it’s unquestionably PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The online multiplayer Battle Royale may be a mouthful to say but it has resonated with gamers. It has sold over 10 million units since it first launched via Steam Early Access in March.

That’s right, it’s still not technically released yet.

“It is amazing and gratifying to see the love and support the passionate fans have shown to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” stated Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole. “Watching the thrilling moments during the PUBG Invitational with the great feedback from viewers is a realization of the continuing popularity of PUBG. Our team is working diligently to bring a solid gameplay experience for full launch on the PC and Xbox One Game Preview versions later this year.”

Recently PUBG hit a peak for concurrent users at over 970,000 during the PUBG Invitational event at Gamescom. The Invitational featured 92 players from 19 different countries. Players competed in four different game modes including solo and duo. Viewership on Twitch.tv reached over 500,000.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds drops up to 100 players onto an 8 x 8 km island where they must scavenge for supplies, weapons, and vehicles. The only goal is to be the last person standing. Circled zones force people to move into tighter areas and promote conflict. The online game has been especially popular for live streamers.

Currently PUBG is only available via Steam Early Access. It’s coming later this year to Xbox One as part of their Game Preview program. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is set to officially launch in early 2018 on Xbox One, and later this year on PC.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been rated M for Mature for Intense Violence, Blood, and Gore.

 

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Multiplayer First Person Shooter LawBreakers Out Today

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After a brief stint in retirement, game design veteran Cliff Bleszinski formed new studio Boss Key Productions a few years ago. Their first game is LawBreakers, an online multiplayer shooter that features multiple classes and gravity-defying maps. LawBreakers is launching today on PC and PlayStation 4 for $29.99.

“From the beginning, we committed ourselves at Boss Key to find the fun first when making LawBreakers, and place gameplay ahead of everything else. Since then, we’ve worked to push the genre into a new direction, taking everything we’ve learned in the past to deliver a super fast FPS that challenges gamers to be their best and truly compete in gravity-defying combat,” said Cliff Bleszinski, co-founder and CEO, Boss Key Productions. “We’re thankful to all the fans that participated in the various alphas and betas we rolled out. We always strived to do open development, and found that being upfront and honest with our testing, along with no NDAs, provided invaluable, transparent feedback. Without this rapport, the game wouldn’t be what it is today – and we think we have something really special because of it.”

LawBreakers features a future world where the laws of gravity have been shattered. All eight maps feature sections of low gravity for aerial combat. You can choose between nine different classes, from melee assassins to heavy weapons and support. A total of five different modes are available, including slight twists on king of the hill, control points, and capture the flag.

Boss Key partnered with Nexon, a Korean publisher who specializes in online gaming, to help publish LawBreakers.

“We’re very proud to be publishing the debut title for Boss Key Productions, one of the hottest new American game development studios,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America.“We truly believe Cliff and team have developed something great, breathing fresh air into the multiplayer FPS genre and pushing it to a new level.”

LawBreakers has been rated M for Mature, with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language. By comparison, Overwatch is rated T for Teen.

LawBreakers is out now for PC and PlayStation 4.

 

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Stardew Valley Multiplayer 1.3 Patch Coming Early 2018

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Since its explosive release last year, Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone and dev partners Chucklefish have been working on two expanded compnonents for the beloved indie farming sim: console releases and multiplayer.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions released last December. With the Nintendo Switch version coming soon, we’ve received an update on the big 1.3 patch that will add online multiplayer. Stardew Valley’s multiplayer patch will arrive in early 2018 on PC, Mac, and Linux. It will then roll out to the console versions, beginning with Nintendo Switch.

Thousands of lines of code have been rewritten to retrofit multiplayer into a single player game. Multiplayer will be designed with a single host in mind, with up to three farmhands (players) that can join the game. You can build up to three cabins on your farm to house your farmhands. Each farmhand has their own inventory and can farm, forage, fight, marry, and join events and festivals.

Only the main player/host can trigger festivals, story decisions, and when to sleep for the night.

Separate servers won’t be necessary to run a multiplayer game. Inviting is done through Steam, with a similar mechanic being explored for console versions.

Local multiplayer/split-screen and PvP are not planned. Aspects of multiplayer are still being worked on and implemented, including menus, farmhand cabins, and NPC relationships. One requested feature the developers want to add with the 1.3 patch is marriage between players.

One-man developer Barone partnered with Chucklefish to help publish the game, port it to consoles, and add multiplayer functionality. Over the last year Stardew Valley received a few patches adding new farm types and broader localization.

Stardew Valley is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s due to arrive on Nintendo Switch later this year. Patch 1.3 is coming Early 2018. Steam users can help beta test multiplayer towards the end of this year.