The game has been confirmed to feature no in-game purchases on the console, just cosmetic packs. Three exclusives are planned for the platform, but pricing has yet to be discussed. The ultimate goal is to bring the console version up to the same point as the PC version as quickly as possible, so we’ll see how fast that materializes on December 12th this year.
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Stealth shooter battle royale
Business Model: B2P with microtrans
That’s bad news for the early access survival shooter, which as Steam Spy recently noted is already performing far better in China than anywhere else on the globe, picking up another million players in the country over the last few weeks, while the US has actually lost players and the rest of the world has more or less held only even.
While one analyst called the government declaration a “death sentence” for the game, GIbiz does point out that it’s not impossible even for ultraviolent games to get by the censors; indeed, Tencent’s CSGO, PUBG’s closest thematic competitor, was given a stamp of approval there last month.
The PC side of SuperData’s report won’t surprise you, since it trickled out early yesterday: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds pushed up to #4 in global revenue, passing up Crossfire, an Asian online shooter that’s been in the top four for many years. Divinity: Original Sin 2 also entered the list, pushing Dota 2 off and proving, SuperData suggests, that “single-player games still have a draw with consumers.” Pokemon Go, meanwhile, once again dropped out of the mobile top 10.
The research firm’s August global revenue report put PUBG at #5 in terms of global PC revenue, having passed by the recombinated World of Warcraft (though we again note that games like Overwatch are listed on both the PC and console side, and it’s unclear whether that works against it).
Crossfire, you’ll recall, has been listed among the top four games for at least the last three years (here’s September 2016, 2015, and 2014 for reference – and it spent some of that time at #2), so this is quite a feat. That would put PUBG in fourth place in September, even though it’s still in early access.
VG points out that Overwatch also passed up League of Legends last year before falling back down, so we’ll see if PUBG’s arc follows that same path, particularly given that the game won’t see any more patches until its formal launch.
We first asked what Project W was about a year ago, and we still don’t know the answer. We know that it’s being made by Bluehole Studios, the same people who made TERA, and we know that the latest preview image is the size of a postage stamp and features guns. (We have used a picture of a gun as our header out of respect.) But we still don’t know what it actually is. Fortunately, we will once G-star 2017 rolls around, because that’s when it’s being revealed.
The good news is that since Bluehole is also behind the horribly named but screamingly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds the odds are that it shan’t be another survival shooter. What will it be? Will there be giant robots? Is it an MMO? We’re just going to have to wait on that one.
What I didn’t really expect to ever see was a game that killed the “WoW killers,” and that’s exactly what PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is doing. Oh, League of Legends, Dota 2, and CS:GO aren’t dead, and they’re not going to roll over and give up so easily, not when they’re still making money hand-over-fist (just a little bit less than before). But I have to admit that I didn’t see this coming. Battle royale is an old game type, and PUBG isn’t even the first to try to revivify it. I never expected this kind of dramatic sea change in online gaming. We’re watching a huge shift happening right before our eyes, and bizarrely enough, Daybreak is partly responsible.
Is PUBG a “WoW killer killer”? Is PUBG really worthy of all the fuss, or are people just sick of the old-school MOBA and shooter lineup?
Dumb name or no, PUBG continues its meteoric climb in popularity. The battle royale shooter just reached a staggering 2.3 million concurrency, although these levels haven’t been achieved without a few (hundred thousand) bad eggs spoiling the batch. The studio claims that it has banned 322,000 accounts so far for cheating.
As the studio struggles to stay on top of this monster that it created, it also prepares for the holiday Xbox One release, the PC 1.0 launch, and the imminent addition of climbing and vaulting.
We’ve previously noted that the game is primarily pulling from the CSGO audience, but now it looks to be hitting the other top games too – H1Z1 especially, whose peak concurrency has dropped a full third since August – and I have a few guildies playing who normally play MMOs. How about you? Are you one of the 2M people playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds today? Let’s take it to a Leaderboard poll.
The latest review bombing drama involves one of the most popular games in the world right now, the irritatingly named PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Apparently, Chinese players are really pissed off about an ad for a VPN service that’s begun appearing on the lobby screen of the game’s Chinese version. Chinese players are already frustrated with the bouts of lag they suffer, to the point that they feel forced to play on international servers just to participate, so an ad from a VPN company right inside the client – claiming it’s from “the only official accelerator of the game” – is a bit like adding insult to injury. That’s on top of the fact that there are freakin’ ads in a buy-to-play early access game.
SuperData’s August 2017 global revenue report confirms what anybody even casually watching PUBG already knows: The upstart game that’s kicking butt on Steam is the literal definition of industry disruptor.
Over on the PC side, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dislodged World of Warcraft by one place since last month, while DOTA 2 fell down to 10 and ROBLOX fell out of the listing as CS:GO returned. On console, GTAV/GTAO is still on top, though Overwatch got bumped one place thanks to the entry of Yet Another Madden game. And the mobile listing shuffled slightly, with Pokemon Go inching upward once again.
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to dominate PC game sales, despite still being in Steam Early Access,” says SuperData. “PUBG is the number 1 premium PC game for the 3rd month in a row and has overtaken World of Warcraft on the total PC games list for the first time.” Indeed, the company says PUBG sales accelerated last month, “bringing total life-to-date sales close to 9 million units through August.”
The last-man-standing shooter launched about six months ago and has seen wild success on Steam, having already become the single most-played game on the service (the highest number of accumulated hours for all players). So for those of you already enjoying the game, it’s a feather in the title’s metaphorical cap, and for those of you who base your play decisions entirely up popularity metrics… well, here you go.
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