The current gaming phenomenon that is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has reached two more impressive milestones.
Just a few days ago, Bluehole Studios announced the game has sold over 10 million copies. Today, PUBG passed having over 1 million players at the same time. Does not seem to be doing to bad for a game that isn’t finished yet and (at the moment) only on one platform.
At the moment, DOTA 2 still holds the all time record for current player count at 1,291,328 set in March 2016, but PUBG continues to inch closer with every passing day.
You can check out Gameinformer’s post about those numbers I found here.
In other PUBG news, Bluehole Studios has also said they do not expect to increase the price of the game when it is finished. If you didn’t know, ARK: Survival Evolved recently had to deal with some heat for increasing their price once they finally fully launched. For ARK, it started out as a $30 game and once it got closer to full release saw its price jump to a full price $60.
Brendan Green (PlayerUnknown) thinks that $30 is a good price for a game with such long-term appeal. He expects the game to have about a 5-10 year lifespan.
You can check out what else he had to say here.
Personally, I don’t necessarily believe there won’t be some kind of price increase for PUBG at some point, but I will give Green the benefit of the doubt. A game like PUBG is going to constantly need big numbers for it to stay relevant and playable since every match takes 100 people to execute. To keep those numbers high maybe the plan is to keep the price low. On the other hand, games as a service is what is taking over the gaming industry right now so it is definitely possible that the game itself has the legs to carry it those 5-10 years.
Only time will tell on all of that. Personally, I am just waiting for the announcement of when I will be able to give the game on try on Xbox so I can firsthand see what the hype is about.