PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sales have gone past 15 million, according to the latest numbers. Moreover, the game has reached 2 million concurrent players on Steam. Right now, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the biggest game on Steam, beating DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike.
Due to the high number of players in the game, Bluehole and PlayerUnknown are having a hard time maintaining stable servers. There have been a number of reported issues with servers including crashes, matchmaking problems and more. The developers took to their official forum and stated that the overwhelming number of players is making it hard to maintain servers.
Developers have been playing catch since release but they are trying to do their best by adding more servers and optimizing the performance of current infrastructure.
We anticipated about 1 million concurrent users in the beginning of our Early Access period and that is when our lobby server was initially designed. Since the end of June, our concurrent player base saw a rapid increase so we started designing a new server architecture. However, the number of users increased faster than our development speed which resulted in more connection and server issues recently.
15M copies with 2M concurrent players is a huge number of an early access game. But it is an ever expanding experience with more and more content being released every month that attracts more audience. Developers are also considering Rare’s water tech for Battlegrounds.
A new map is under works bringing new locations for the players to explore.
Battlegrounds is now available on PC and will soon release on Xbox One X. There are also plans for a PlayStation 4 version but nothing has been formally discussed so far.
For more on Battlegrounds, stay-tuned!