The world may have a new open-world survival phenomenon on its hands with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. As a product of Brendan Greene, the same person behind the Battle Royale mode in H1Z1: King of the Kill and ARMA 3, the game offers players an 8X8 kilometer island to hunt one another down in.
The game is currently selling for 30 dollars on the Steam store, and has made over eleven million dollars in just three days. This is in spite of it currently being in Early Access, though it’s likely riding on the idea of other open world survival games.
The game takes place on an 8 by 8 kilometer island filled with detail, where players must hunt one another down until only one is left alive.
The game’s rapid rise in player numbers has put it at the top of the Steam top seller list, and has gained more than 67,000 players. It’s also gotten 150,000 concurrent views on Twitch, though after three days it was back behind League of Legends and DOTA (to no one’s surprise).
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, while based off the Battle Royale game modes in ARMA and H1Z1, are in turn based on the Japanese novel and book Battle Royale, where a number of high school students are put on a deserted island with no tools and must find a way to be the last person standing.
However, while the Battle Royale movie and book’s plot centered around the government attempting to keep students in line through the threat of horrific death, the Battlegrounds game is simply all in good fun, and no different from other games like DayZ, Rust, ARK: Survival Evolved, and more.
If you want to buy PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, it’s 30 dollars or your regional equivalent. It’s also on Early Access, so you can likely expect a large number of bugs, patches and fixes to the game until it’s finally ready for release.