The Xbox version will be getting some exclusive cosmetics
Today PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. announced the wildly popular Steam Early Access shooter, which has sold over 18 million copies, will be launching on Xbox Game Preview on December 12 for $30.
Xbox Game Preview is essentially the Xbox version of Early Access, allowing players to buy a still in-development version of PUBG. Creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene said it’s “essentially a beta version,” and that it will allow them to work with the community to balance the game before its final release.
Greene also confirmed to us that the plan is still to have the PC version of PUBG leave Early Access in late December, but said they are “still evaluating” when exactly that will be. PUBG Corp. CEO C.H. Kim reiterated that “our team is really putting all of their efforts into making [PC release this year] happen.”
The recently detailed desert map and vaulting systems will be part of that eventual 1.0 update, along with an improved replay system. “That’s when we feel the 1.0 release is feature complete,” Green said, “but we don’t stop development at that stage. We want to continue polishing, upgrading and optimizing the game for the next years.”
Kim also said that while the Xbox Game Preview version of PUBG might initially lag behind PC in terms of features, the goal is to eventually “unify both roadmaps and unify both experiences so that you’re playing the same Battlegrounds experience across all platforms.”
Greene also revealed that roughly 40% of players are on first-person servers, and that he personally doesn’t want PUBG to win a Game of the Year award. Additionally, he dismissed accusations of unfair bans, saying “We’ve never banned anyone for honking at a streamer.”
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.