The Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has crossed an important milestone; the PUBG Xbox player numbers have reached five million in just under three months, a similar rise to how fast player numbers rose on the game when it first appeared in Early Access on Steam in February last year.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds quickly became one of the most popular games on Steam when it released because of its addictive gameplay, racking up tens of millions of players despite being in early access on the platform. Since then, the game has been ported to the Xbox as it exited early access.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came to the Xbox One in December when the game exited early access, and since then has continued to draw in players at a similar pace to the original version of the game, despite not being as visually impressive or well-optimized.
The game bringing in such large numbers of players is likely still good news for Bluehole, which has seen PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’s previously unchallenged dominance of the multiplayer game scene be surpassed by Epic Games’s Fortnite, which created its own Battle Royale mode that has in turn become the most-watched and most-played game on Twitch.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has come under fire in the past several weeks over a variety of technical issues and hacker problems that have sprung up ever since the game was released in China. Bluehole’s roadmap for the game has been upended by the huge amounts of hacking accusations, with many players demanding that China be given their own servers so they’ll stop ruining games based in other countries.
While those problems might not be affecting the Xbox for now, there’s no telling about whether or not the PUBG Xbox player numbers will continue to rise on that avenue, especially since Fortnite is also playable on the Xbox One.