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PUBG Corp. Formed to Focus Entirely on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Development

PUBG Corp. Formed to Focus Entirely on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Development

No specific plans for the PS4 version have been announced yet, but PC and Xbox One owners should expect the finished game to launch some time this year.

Today, a new article popped up on Bloomberg and it's an interesting one that adds a twist to the tale - Microsoft has started a talk with Bluehole to extend the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Xbox exclusivity deal.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is slated to hit the Xbox One later this year, and is now available in early access on Steam at $29.99 United States dollars.

PUBG developer Bluehole has signed a timed exclusive with Microsoft for Xbox One X, which will definitely boost sales of Microsoft's new flagship console with the hottest game right now as a console exclusive. Giants such as Sony Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. are clamoring for rights to put the title on consoles and mobile phones.

"PUBG" is still in production, yet it's already made almost $400 million for Bluehole, the South Korean game company behind it. Microsoft is now reportedly looking to extend this exclusivity agreement.

Microsoft is wisely keeping quiet on the matter, though, with a spokesperson saying, Right now, the team is exclusively focused on bringing the best game possible to Xbox One and PC. According to 38 Communications, a firm which keeps track of unlisted Korean stocks, developer Bluehole's valuation has increased five-fold within a mere three months and is now worth 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion). The game is scheduled to drop on Xbox later this year, and it is speculated that it could be exclusive until the middle of next year or perhaps longer.

"PUBG has arguably risen to be Xbox's most important exclusive for the end of 2017", said Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit.


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