Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Bluehole Studio and will be publishing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on the Xbox One later this year.
“By partnering with Microsoft, our team believes that we will be able to accelerate console development, while maintaining quality across all platforms, as well as giving us access to vast sales, marketing and publishing resources that will help us reach new fans to welcome to the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds universe,” stated executive producer CH Kim in a press release.
The console port was confirmed during the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2017) but the unavailability of details made it natural to assume at the time that the developer would be handling the release by its lonesome self. After all, it did the same with PC earlier this year.
Microsoft stepping in as a publisher for the Xbox One version of PUBG raises a few important questions. Is Microsoft stepping in as a parent publisher for the game and will it affect the possibility of a PlayStation 4 release next year?
Neither of the two parties are willing to offer clarification for the time being. An official spokesperson has only stated that Bluehole Studio is currently focused on “bringing PUBG to Xbox One and its continued development on PC.” Besides that, there is nothing else to announce or talk about.
It is unlikely that Microsoft has bought the rights to the game and will block the PlayStation 4 version from releasing. PUBG was initially announced as a “console launch exclusive” game for the Xbox One. The wording suggests that it will not be a permanent exclusive for the console.
There is no word on when PUBG will grace the Xbox Game Preview program this year.