Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is the latest, in a long line of games, that is trying to take the crown from the Arma series as the best open-world, play as you like, war simulator. Battlegrounds is made by Bluehole studios and it officially launched in early access on Steam last Thursday 23rd March. That isn’t what the title is about though. The title is due to the fact that on its opening weekend it has made over $11million in sales. $11MILLION!!!! At this current moment in time, the game it is most similar to is H1Z1’s King of the Kill game mode as it’s set up as a giant battle royale.
The most amazing thing to note is that fact that Battlegrounds is still in early access. It costs £26.99. Meaning that people are spending $35 on a game that isn’t complete yet and has no guarantees that it will be completed. In the last few years there have been a running theme of early access titles that only progress so far before the developers get bored and move onto something else. That isn’t to say that Battlegrounds won’t be finished though as they certainly have the budget for it now.
Bluehole are the production company behind Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Their most notable success came in 2011 with Tera which was a fantasy themed MMORPG so at least they are well versed in massive multiplayer games. However this is their first journey into the first/third person shooter genre so it will be interesting to see how they do.