PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has surpassed 5 million copies sold on PC via Steam Early Access.
As you may know, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launched back on March 23rd, in a month that saw numerous blockbuster releases and even the launch of Nintendo’s new piece of the hardware, the Switch. But that didn’t matter — as the last-man standing battle royale third-person shooter raced to 1 million copies within just a few weeks on the market. Then it hit two million. Then three million. Then 4 million. And now, a little less than four months since it launched, it passed the 5 million mark, making it easily one of the most successful games this year, a feat that I don’t think anybody saw coming.
Propelled by endless Gifs and tons of Twitch streaming, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from PLAYERUNKNOWN aka Brendan Green (the creator of the Battle Royale game-mode in the ARMA series and H1Z1: King of the Hill) is on a pace of more than 1 million copies sold each month, and very well could hit 10 million by the end of the year if it continues this snowball momentum.
For those that don’t know: in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, players start with nothing and must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a battle to be the lone survivor.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available via Steam Early Access for $29.99 USD. It is scheduled to release later this year on PC and Xbox One, and eventually come to PS4 at an unknown date.
In other recent and related news, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds passed juggernaut GTA V in concurrent steam players.