There is no denying that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has skyrocketed to fame as of late, far exceeding expectations to become one of the most popular games of recent times in just a short space of time.
Originally, Bluehole Inc. had agreed to offer the game to Microsoft as an exclusive until the end of this year. Now, it appears as if the company could be given even longer with the battle royale shooter, as it has emerged that Bluehole may be giving a solo console a little longer in terms of exclusivity, though it wasn’t actually confirmed in its identity since the matter is private.
Though Microsoft has declined to comment on the extension of exclusivity, though a spokesperson has stated:
“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.”
With PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds selling 13 million copies already, as well as breaking a number of records in sales, it would be a major plus for Xbox One to get a bit longer out of the exlusivity deal. Rather than get into the whole console exclusive argument between PS4 and Xbox One, it would be a massive bonus for whichever console managed to snag this exclusive deal, especially with the holidays closing in.
On the back of Microsoft’s other exclusive, the recently released run-and-gun platformer Cuphead, plus the imminent launch of the Xbox One X, it’s looking like a strong end to 2017 for Microsoft. And if this deal is extended, the momentum could carry on way into 2018.