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Update: On September 17, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds crossed 1.3 million concurrent players, beating every other game and setting a new record for Steam.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an absolute sensation and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon. According to Steam statistics, the game stopped 1 million players today. Well, 1 million players at the same time! This is an astronomical statistic because not many titles manage to do this on the platform. While the all-time record still belongs to Dota 2, there’s a chance that it could be broken soon. 1 million isn’t that much lower than 1.2 million.
For those who don’t know, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a multiplayer online battle royale developed and published by Bluehole. The game is based on previous mods that were developed by Brendan Greene, better known as PlayerUnknown, for other games. Greene’s vision was expanded into a standalone game under Greene’s creative direction. In the game, up to 100 players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed themselves. The available safe area of the game’s world decreases in size over a match, directing surviving players into tighter areas to force encounters. The last player or team standing wins the round. It’s somewhat like The Culling which is already available on Xbox One but has more polish and pizzazz.
What if you don’t own a PC which can run it? Have no fear. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One in Q4 2017 and will support Xbox One X. We can’t wait for it and hopefully you’re just as excited! The holidays need to get here sooner.