PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG, is the big hit of 2017. Some love it, some hate it, but one thing is for sure, there’s demand for the battle royale game.
Despite the game launching out of beta on PC it still has its issues, and let’s not even talk about the Xbox One version (which crashed on me again yesterday as soon as my parachute opened), but that hasn’t stopped PUBG Corp. CEO from getting everyone’s hopes up.
In an interview with InvenGlobal, Chang Han Kim revealed that he wants to get the game on every platform, however there’s just a few things standing in their way. The first is of course Microsoft’s exclusivity, which is set to last “for some time”, the other: Sony.
“Early Access on Steam and Game Preview on Xbox One are like pre-release, so they don’t have a restriction on quality,” Kim said. “However, PS is very strict about this. There were cases where a game took 6 months more to launch even when it was already completed. We are still in the stage of learning the console development environment and console gamers’ taste. We need to think about other platforms after evaluating and completing the Xbox One version first.”
Simply put, Sony wants quality games on their system and currently has no Early Access-like program so it currently makes it impossible for PUBG Corp. to bring PUBG to the console. Even then, it seems the console version will need to be bug-free and of high quality for that to happen, and the PC version isn’t even that at this point, so PS4 players could be waiting for some time.
That being said, Sony has allowed some early games onto the platform, look at Epic Games’ Fortnite and Paragon, both are in paid early access / beta, yet they’re happily sitting in the PSN Store for all to buy…