At Gamescom, it was revealed that Microsoft will release the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it is still unclear whether this will imply the absolute exclusivity of the game on the Microsoft console. Redmond’s House and Bluehole community manager were questioned about the issue.
As you can read above in the tweets, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Lead Community Manager merely confirmed that the publishing agreement with Microsoft will help Bluehole speed up porting on Xbox One, gliding over the exclusivity issue: “We have nothing further to announce at this time. We will be working hard to bring PUBG to Xbox sooner,” said the company’s representative.
Game Informer has been able to interrogate Microsoft on the issue, also receiving a vague assertion: “As we announced at E3, “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” will be a console launch exclusive on Xbox One and right now, the development team is solely focused on bringing the best game possible on Xbox One and PC. We have nothing further to announce at this time.”
In short, the Xbox One exclusivity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on the console is still an open issue and the fact that Microsoft publisher’s face for the version intended for its console does not necessarily imply absolute exclusivity. All we have to do is wait for more details on the matter.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is currently available in Early Access only on Steam but over the next few months will be exclusive to Xbox One consoles, after that it seems that the title could also come on PlayStation 4 but there is currently no information on that version.