Xbox One owners who love brawling with other players are going to be very happy in December. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ended up getting a December 12, 2017 release date. People who own the PC version have been enjoying it for months and eagerly anticipating its full 2017 launch. There is a lot of excitement and hype around this game. But one might wonder if it is warranted. Could this indie success story actually have staying power?
It is a question people might start asking, now that we are seeing fewer constant PUBG streams each day on our social media networks and the glitter fades. Some might even wonder if waiting until December to get the game on the Xbox One was taking too long. Those who haven’t actually played the game or may not be on top of PUBG Corp.’s updates may even wonder about support. While we can never really know what the future holds, I suspect PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds might have what it takes to hold an audience.
The December Xbox One launch is one hint that the game could stay relevant longer than people might expect. Even if interest begins to wane over the holidays and as people get cheap games on Black Friday, that Game Preview debut is going to keep PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on people’s mind. Then, you have to consider what the multiplatform approach could mean. PUBG Corp. has already expressed interest in enabling cross-play between the Xbox One and PC versions of the game. If that gets the go-ahead, that is another signpost to look forward to. Add to that even more hallmarks, like the official launch date, and any possible future ports or expansions, and we see a game that could constantly get people excited about minor updates.
Speaking of updates, PUBG Corp is known for its transparency. Even in early access, the developer has been on top of game adjustments, handling hackers, bringing in new content, and balancing. This isn’t the sort of game where it is released and left to flounder. Or where a company creates it and occasionally makes new skins or add-ons for people to throw money at. There are exact details that show exactly how PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will grow. We have some idea of when new vehicles, weapons, areas, and mechanics are in development or might appear. While this doesn’t generate hype among the general gaming audience as much as a release date or platform announcement, it does succeed in keeping players themselves reinvested in the game.
Then, there’s the very nature of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This is a multiplayer, social game. There is no single-player for people to complete. When you have a game that can be different every time, there’s a certain magic and replayability to it. It feels one way when played with friends and people you know, another when you’re completely fighting strangers. The inclusion of different game modes helps. The space you are limited to changing each time also helps with randomization. Even if you play it for 30 hours, the next 30 hours will never be the same. It isn’t like other MMO games or shooters, where you can perfect strategies for certain maps or teams. You never know what can happen, and that is quite enticing.
Frankly, anyone who tells you PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a fad might just be a bit of a hater. This is not a game for everyone, to be sure. But it is also no flash in the pan. There is something genuinely special here. Moreover, PUBG Corp is a developer that is incredibly dedicated to its product and honest with its players. The popularity may eventually wane a bit, but it won't entirely dissipate. There are plenty of good times with PUBG ahead.