At their Gamescom media briefing, Microsoft announced a partnership with developer Bluehole to bring PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to Xbox One. The company will publish the game on their system, bringing it to Game Preview later in the year.
The game – which is currently in early access on PC – was revealed as a “console launch exclusive” for the Xbox One back at E3. That wording led many to believe that the game would also be arriving for other systems.
PUBG’s community manager was asked on Twitter if this news meant the game was 100-percent an Xbox exclusive. Their response below:
We have nothing further to announce at this time. We will be working hard to bring PUBG to Xbox sooner.— Sammie PUBG_gamescom (@poopieQueen) August 20, 2017
"At this time, the Bluehole dev team is focused on bringing PUBG to Xbox One and its continued development on PC,” said the developer, in a statement later issued to GameSpot. “As for future plans on other platforms, there's nothing to announce at this time.”
Microsoft has done similar deals in the past. In 2015, they published Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One and Xbox 360. A year later, the game then appeared on PlayStation 4.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launched on Steam Early Access in March. Since then, the game has sold over eight million copies.