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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will launch on Xbox One in December

PUBG will join Xbox’s early access program

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One on Dec. 12, Microsoft and developer Bluehole announced today. The smash hit battle royale game will be released in December in early access form as part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview program.

“We’re approaching development on Xbox One with the same community-driven focus that we’ve taken with the game on PC,” Chang Han Kim, CEO of PUBG Corp., said in a post on the Xbox website. “As a result, the ultimate battle royale experience that fans play on Xbox One will be slightly different than what players know today on PC.”

The Xbox One release of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is described as a “console launch exclusive,” meaning the game will likely come to other console platforms in the future.

Bluehole said it also plans to launch the 1.0 version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on PC sometime in late December. Kim explained that the console and PC versions will be developed on separate roadmaps, with the intention to align them someday.

“Both versions are being developed at the same time, but they both have their own separate roadmaps,” Kim said. “Various Xbox One features and functionality will change and come online over time just like they have on PC, with our goal being to have both versions align to each other as soon as possible. Feedback as you know has been critical to the game’s success, so beginning December 12 we want to hear from Xbox fans on what they think about PUBG and how we can make the best version of the game possible.”

The Xbox One version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will get three limited edition cosmetic packs — the PUBG Warrior Pack, the PUBG Accessory Pack and the PUBG Tracksuit Pack — that will be exclusive to Xbox players. Kim noted that there are “no plans to feature any in-game purchases in the Xbox Game Preview version” and that the cosmetic add-ons will be the only items players can purchase during PUBG’s preview period. Pricing for the cosmetic packs was not announced. Check out those new cosmetics in the gallery below.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds continues to be a big hit on PC, with more than 2.2 million concurrent players today on Steam. For more on the game, read Polygon’s cover story about PUBG and its creator, Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene.

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