The landing date for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One is now official: December 12. The white-hot PC shooter game will land on all Xbox One consoles that day in the paid “Xbox Game Preview” program—which is Xbox’s “Early Access” equivalent and therefore indicative of an unfinished product.
That should sound familiar to players of PUBG‘s current PC version, which has leaned on its Early Access status there while suffering from its share of bugs. Yet today’s news has a silver lining for that platform as well: a simultaneous announcement of the PC edition’s “1.0” version coming “in late December,” according to the CEO of PUBG Corp., Chang Han Kim.
The announcement, made at this week’s Paris Games Show during an Xbox event, is sadly scant on some key details for both platforms. In the Xbox One’s case, Kim was not forthcoming about the console version’s price [Update: because Microsoft already announced it at $29.99], nor whether the Xbox Game Preview price would be different from the console version’s final cost (whenever it’s “completed,” that is). Kim also didn’t go into detail about what enhancements owners of the upcoming Xbox One X should expect for PUBG. (And there certainly wasn’t any mention of the game coming to other consoles any time soon.)
And for the PC edition’s 1.0 version, Kim didn’t clarify what content would land there, nor did he answer whether it would include the upcoming “desert” map that has been frequently teased by PUBG creator Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene. Currently, all PUBG battles take place in the dilapidated, Eastern Europe-inspired town of “Erangel,” and fans have been feverishly awaiting this second announced map to parachute upon and start murderous, loot-driven sprees anew. That kind of content boost may not fit into the “1.0” roadmap after all. [Update: After the announcement went live, Greene confirmed to Eurogamer that the 1.0 version will indeed include the desert map. Greene has no ETA to announce about the desert map landing on Xbox One.]
PUBG continues to dominate sales and concurrent play charts on PC, but its console-launch impact may be quite different now that Epic Games’ Fortnite has launched its own wholly free PUBG-inspired spinoff game, Fortnite Battle Royale, on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As I wrote in an impressions piece in September, Fortnite‘s spin has its own charm and may very well have fewer bugs than PUBG on PC, but the shoehorning of Fortnite elements into a largely identical gameplay experience leaves a little to be desired. (Since a September statement, PUBG‘s publisher has lain low on any threats or legal action directed at Epic Games.)