PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the former Battle Royale sensation that’s had its lunch eaten by Fortnite, is finally finished on the Xbox One – and that’s prompted fresh speculation about a PlayStation 4 port. Stoking the flames further is that in Microsoft’s announcement trailer, Bluehole employees are seen gathered around a desk with a PS4 Pro standing proudly upon it.
Does it mean much in isolation? Not at all, as it may just be a console for staff to use for research or out of hours entertainment. However, the Xbox One box art for the finished version of the military shooter includes the ‘Console Launch Exclusive’ label, suggesting that the game will eventually release elsewhere.
We know that one of the reasons PUBG was exclusive to Microsoft’s machine in the first place is because Sony doesn’t have an Early Access programme on its platform, so now that the title’s finished, it should be free to launch on the PS4 next. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this arrive before the end of the year, which would be around about 12 months after the original Xbox One launch.
Of course the bigger question is whether there’s even a market for it anymore. While the game continues to pull in respectable numbers, it’s been lapped by Fortnite’s popularity several times now, while H1Z1 has also started to command an audience on the PS4 as well. There’s also Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to consider, which will be entering the Battle Royale arena in a couple of months.