PUBG PS4 release could be scuppered by Xbox One exclusivity extension


The much-anticipated PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) PS4 release may have taken a setback, a developer Bluehold Inc. is seeking to extend its exclusivity contract with Microsoft.

That’s at least according to a new article published on Bloomberg, citing sources close to the matter. If accurate, it appears that Bluehole keen to publish PUBG for the Xbox One only later this year.

PUBG PS4 release delayed

As a result of the possible contract extension, there’s a change that the game may remain exclusive to Microsoft’s flagship console until mid-2018. 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has enjoyed huge success on the PC and Xbox One, selling over 13 million copies worldwide to date.

Microsoft is keeping mum on the subject, with a spokesperson commenting: “Right now, the team is solely focused on bringing the best game possible to Xbox One and PC. We have nothing further to announce at this time.”

PUBG PS4 talks take shape

Just yesterday, it was reported that Bluehole was in talks with Sony to bring PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to the PS4. 

Specifically, the publisher has said it "has had talks with all of the major console companies,” suggesting a Nintendo Switch version may also be in the pipeline.

Bluehole recently established PUBG Corp, a new subsidiary company dedicated to the development of all Battlegrounds future content. 

Battlegrounds sees up to one hundred players duking it out in a battle royales-type setting, where gamers fight to the last man standing. The player who survives the carnage is declared the winner. You can venture in solo or team up with a small fire team of up to four players.

Each match kicks off with players parachuting onto an island with no items in their possession, requiring them to scavenge for supplies.