PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a phenomenal success, and part of this was down to the transparency of PlayerUnknown himself. While the likes of DayZ and H1Z1 linger in a state of perpetual Early Access, Battlegrounds has been regularly and consistently updated with new content, while PlayerUnknown himself has been keen to get out there say the full game would be within six months of its Early Access launch. Progress has been solid, but unfortunately, PlayerUnknown has now addressed the community and delayed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launch.

PUBG will now be launching late in the year, with PlayerUnknown assuring fans the full release will happen before the end of Q4 2017.

“Over the past few months I have done a lot of interviews, and in many of them, I said we hoped to be out of Early Access six months after we first launched,” said PlayerUnknown. “I’ve come to realise that restricting the window to a specific month could hinder us from delivering a fully featured game and/or lead to disappointment within the community if the launch deadline is not met.”

To that end, the team at Bluehole will continue to provide weekly fixes and large scale monthly content updates up until its eventual launch. “As we continue to fix bugs, improve gameplay and add new content, it’s important to for us to deliver you a fully realised and polished Battle Royale experience as we look towards launch.”

Despite the delay, if PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launches in this calendar year then this is still excellent going for an Early Access title. A few others have been lurking in EA for years with little sign of progress, while PUBG continues to make significant strides forward.