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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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Xbox E3 2017: All the Exclusive Games Coming to Xbox One

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One of the biggest issues with the Xbox One with this generation is the distinct lack of console exclusives compared to Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft heard these complaints and nearly every game announced or shown at their E3 press conference will be exclusive to Xbox One – or a “launch exclusive.”

A launch or timed exclusive means a game will first launch on one console, then release on additional consoles (and/or PC) at a later time. This has previously happened on titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider, which launched originally on Xbox One, then three months later on PC, then nearly a year later on PS4.

Here are the exclusive Xbox One games that were shown during the Xbox E3 show.

 

Forza Motorsport 7

What is it: Racing game with over 700 real licensed cars.

When is it out: October 3

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

What is it: Battle Royale online multiplayer shooter.

When is it out: Late 2017 (Already available on PC)

 

Deep Rock Galactic

What is it: Cooperative space adventure where you mine resources and kill aliens.

When is it out: Unknown

 

State of Decay 2

What is it: Zombie survival that features base-building and permadeath. The sequel will add multiplayer.

When is it out: Spring 2018

 

The Darwin Project

What is it: Survival multiplayer game with cartoony graphics.

When is it out: Unknown

 

Black Desert

What is it: Korean MMORPG that launched last year on PC.

When is it out: Early 2018

 

The Last Night

What is it: 2D, pixelated adventure in a neon cyberpunk world.

When is it out: 2018

 

The Artful Escape

What is it: A 2D platformer developed by a former rock group that failed on Kickstarter but found a home at Xbox.

When is it out: “When it’s damn ready”

 

Sea of Thieves

What is it: Co-operative and competitive open-world gameplay within a shared pirate world.

When is it out: 2018

 

Tacoma

What is it: A first-person mystery game on a space station from the makers of Gone Home.

When is it out: August 2

 

Super Lucky’s Tale

What is it: A Mario-like 3D platformer spin-off of the VR game Lucky’s Tale.

When is it out: November 7

 

Crackdown 3

What is it: The very long-awaited third title in the co-operative action series.

When is it out: November 7

 

Cuphead

What is it: A 2D platformer designed to look like a 1930s cartoon.

When is it out: September 29

 

Ashen

What is it: A stylistic, polygonal action-adventure game.

When is it out: Unknown

 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

What is it: The sequel to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest, a metroidvania with a haunting story and gorgeous art style.

When is it out: Unknown

 

Metro Exodus

What is it: An open-world sequel to post-apocalyptic first-person shooter Metro: Last Light.

When is it out: 2018

 

Indie Game Montage

What is it: A collection of indie games being developed by the ID@Xbox program.

When is it out: Varies

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PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Celebrates Two Million Sold

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Since it launched in Early Access in March, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS has remained one of the top-selling games on Steam. The online Battle Royale survival-shooter has officially crossed the two million mark. To celebrate, Bluehole Inc. will host a competitive livestream to raise money for the Gamers Outreach charity. Bluehole will match donations up to $100,000.

“One of the main reasons we were able to hit this sales milestone is that we have a dedicated community who has helped us refine PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS,” said Gang-Seok Kim, CEO of Bluehole, Inc. “We felt this invitational was a great way to give back and are pleased to make this small contribution to the cause. We are glad to support Gamers Outreach in their mission to provide recreation to hospitalized children and help their families cope with long-term treatment.”

The Charity Invitational 2017 livestream is scheduled for Thursday, May 4 from 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern to 5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern. The series of competitions will feature 64 European players and 64 North American players.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to work with PLAYERUNKOWN and the entire BATTLEGROUNDS community on this incredible fundraiser,” said Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach. “On behalf of our whole team, we’d like to extend our thanks to everyone involved with this effort. Whether you’re a streamer, donor, or helping to spread the world – your support is truly appreciated!”

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is described as an open-world strategic PVP shooter. Up to 64 players are dropped onto a large island with no equipment and only one life. From there they must scavenge weapons and kill anyone they come across, until they’re the last person standing. Thus far it’s received frequent updates and patches from the developers, and it’s a particularly popular game for streamers.

The charity livestream runs Thursday, May 4 beginning at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on Twitch.