I don't think it's an exaggeration to say, or PUBG for short, is a viral sensation unlike anything the video game world has ever seen.
It's a buggy, unfinished game with no advertising -- and yet the "Hunger Games"-like shooter is so addictive that it probably closer to 18 million today.) Today alone, over 2 million people were playing the game simultaneously at its peak.in just five months after release. (It's
That's right: Those staggering numbers I just shared were generated without the game ever seeing release on a home console. They're all from people playing on Windows PCs, where PUBG has smashed practically every record you can track on Steam.
Just know that the Xbox version might be even a bit more unfinished than the PC release, at least for the time being. According to PUBG Corp. CEO Chang Han Kim, the Xbox and Windows versions will have their own road maps: "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."
However, PlayerUnknown himself (aka Brendan Greene) told GamesBeat that vaulting -- a long-awaited ability for players to climb up and over objects and out of windows that would normally impede their progress, which will launch on PC test servers this week -- should indeed arrive in time for the Xbox One release in December as well.
Microsoft had previously announced that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds would be at least temporarily exclusive to the Xbox One as far as consoles are concerned, and should have some enhancements for those who opt to play it on the more powerful Xbox One X, coming Nov. 7. According to GameSpot, the title will cost $30 at launch.
You can read about PlayerUnknown's life (he's quite a character!) and where his zany game came from, or check out . Oh, by the way... I still play this game practically every night.
Correction, Nov. 2 at 10:10 am PT: Corrected Xbox One X release date; it's coming Nov. 7, not Nov. 3 as originally written.