Bluehole how announced that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be leaving Early Access this December and becoming a full release. The PUBG developer confirmed the news during Paris Games Week, revealing a ‘Late December’ release is the target, while the Xbox One version will be entering its Game Preview program on December 12th.
"In addition to announcing Xbox’s XGP launch date on December 12, we also shared the exciting news that we’re on track to launch 1.0 for the PC version in late December," wrote Bluehole in a statement. "This has been an amazing year for us and launching both 1.0 on PC and on Xbox through Xbox Game Preview are huge milestones for the team. I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time, but I’m even more excited to say that we’re just getting started."
Don’t go worrying about the Xbox One version of PUBG though, Bluehole has insisted it will be running on a different development roadmap. The Xbox One edition will continue to be updated with new features and functionality during the months after launch, with the aim being to “have both versions align to each other as soon as possible.” There is also the possibility that cross-platform multiplayer could be inbound by then - Bluehole has repeatedly said it’s interested in seeing if it can make it happen.
In addition to this, the much-anticipated vaulting mechanic should be coming to PUBG on PC before the 1.0 release. It’s due to head to the public test servers very soon. Then there’s the small matter of the new desert map which has been endlessly teased. It’s coming as the headline addition to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ 1.0 launch in late December. Considering 17 million players have been happy just chugging through a single map endlessly, this desert map is sure to be an absolute game-changer.
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