The will they, won’t they saga regarding a potential PlayStation 4 port of PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds trundles into the New Year, with Chang Han Kim (the CEO of Bluehole's newly established PUBG Corp division) teasing that the company’s “final goal would be to launch the title on every platform”. It’s currently available on the Xbox One as a console exclusive – albeit in Early Access format.
“Early Access on Steam and Game Preview on Xbox One are like pre-release, so they don’t have a restriction on quality,” CH Kim told InvenGlobal. “However, PlayStation is very strict about this. There were cases where a game took six 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.”
Reading between the lines, the scenario sounds simple: PUBG is exclusive to Xbox One while it is in Early Access on the console. Once the final version deploys, it sounds like it’ll almost certainly be ported to the PS4 – and perhaps other platforms, too. Of course, Fortnite: Battle Royale is proving to be a very compelling alternative on Sony’s console, so Bluehole may want to get a move on before Epic eats its lunch.