If you needed any more proof about how successful PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is, then we’ve got another bit of news for you. The number of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players were so high recently that they were able to briefly knock Counter Strike: Global Offensive down to third place, away from DOTA 2.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a survival game that puts you and at least a hundred other players onto an eight-by-eight kilometer deserted island, with only one goal: be the last one standing. The game has proven to be extremely popular on both streaming and on Steam, and with more content coming in the near future we’ll probably see more in the future.
The game was originally based off of an ARMA 3 mod that was created by Brendan Greene, the original PlayerUnknown. It ran on the same principles, but with actual backing and a professional development team (with Green himself as creative director), the game type looks better than ever.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players numbered 239,167 over the weekend, more than Counter Strike: Global Offensive’s own 238,472. While both were far outstripped by the number 1 spot, DOTA 2 (which had 552,494 players), Counter Strike has often held the number 2 spot for players on Steam.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still in Early Access, but has sold around 4 million copies in just three months. The game also will be getting an Xbox One port, as Microsoft announced at E3 several weeks ago. The game will also be getting at least two new maps (one on a smaller island in the Adriatic Sea, one in a desert town), and a new zombie mode, where players must survive against a horde of undead.
There’s still no definite release date for the game (aside from the nebulous date of the fourth quarter of this year), but so long as the number of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players continue to be as high as they are, Bluehole still has a hit on their hands.