So then, is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds coming to the PlayStation 4? Once again, we find ourselves having to work through some corporate double-speak in order to get to the truth – and yes, before someone says it, we’re fully aware that Microsoft is not the only console manufacturer willing to twist the meaning of the English language to its whim.
Still, we’re a PlayStation website and we have a natural interest in whether the biggest game in the world right now will come to Sony’s system. Microsoft’s really muddied the waters this week, revealing that it will be publishing the “console” version of the game. So what does that mean for the future of the title on the PS4?
Well, let’s trace back events first. Prior to E3 2017, developer Bluehole announced that it was working on bringing the Battle Royale-inspired shooter to the PS4 and Xbox One. A port was then officially revealed during the Microsoft E3 2017 briefing with “console launch exclusive” status for the Xbox One confirmed.
At the time, we assumed that the Early Access nature of the online outing was the reason behind this window of exclusivity: Sony does not have a game preview program on its platform, which has delayed similar titles such as Elite Dangerous and Ark: Survival Evolved. However, this week at Gamescom 2017 the Redmond firm announced that it will be publishing the game on Xbox One.
So what does that mean? Well, frankly not as much as it may seem: Sony is the publisher of Minecraft on PlayStation – but that sure as heck isn’t an exclusive. And let us not forget that Rise of the Tomb Raider was technically a Microsoft Games Studios release – so none of this means PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is tied to the Xbox One indefinitely.
Our guess is that Microsoft is lending support to get the title on its system as quickly as possible. From there, we suspect it will remain exclusive for at least as long as the game remains in Early Access – and whatever the Xbox maker has negotiated on top. But honestly, if development goes well, our guess is that you’ll be playing this title on PS4 at some point in 2018.
Just don’t expect anyone to state it explicitly: contracts will stipulate that the PlayStation version of the game must remain underwraps – much like no one’s mentioning the Xbox version of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy that’s clearly on the way. It’s just the way business works, but one thing’s for sure: as things stand, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will come to PS4.
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