Even before being fully released, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds sold ten million copies in just over five months and over twenty million copies in under eight months after being released on March 23, 2017.PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, commonly referred to as PUBG by fans of the game, started out as an early access title for PC on Steam. With a lot of games turning to battle royale modes, it might be easy to forget that it is thanks to Brendan Greene (Mr. PlayerUnknown himself) that this latest trend is possible. It started with his ArmA 2 mod titled DayZ: Battle Royale which was a spin-off of the popular mod and future standalone game, DayZ. After this, he was hired by Sony Entertainment Online, now known as Daybreak, as a consultant.
They went on to license his battle royale mode in order to make H1Z1, another early access title that would later be split into two different games after Greene's departure as a consultant. Now he is the creative director of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and has inspired others to jump on the battle royale popularity, such as Fortnite's standalone battle royale mode.
It is not all good news for PUBG though; there has been a large number of cheaters since the game released. An action is being taken, as stated in one of their Steam community posts from today:
"We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action. This week, we performed a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed an analysis of tens of millions of data logs. Through this exercise, we were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of the cheat and now we have confirmed that it was clearly an attempt at compromising our game. These players will be permanently banned in a single wave."
High sales for PUBG might be partly to do with the cheating epidemic, similar to the problem that Valve has with their game Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Both are successful shooting games that are at the top of Steam's global top seller's list, PUBG being number one and Counter-Strike Global Offensive being number two.
If you do not own a PC but own an Xbox One, you can still play PUBG as it was released December 12, 2017, with an MSRP of $29.99 into the game preview program. If you play on PC, you can grab it for $29.99 MSRP on Steam.
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