PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Surpasses 2 Million Copies Sold After a Month on the Market
In case you haven’t noticed, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a big deal. In a two month period where Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, LEGO Worlds, and NieR: Automata hit, that’s an impressive feat.
Back on April 10th, developer and publisher Bluehole announced that its last-man-standing style third-person shooter had sold more than one million units on PC via Steam Early Access in just 16 days on the market. Today, another 16 days later, Bluehole revealed the game has since doubled that figure, jumping another one million copies to 2 million, in just a little over a month.
For those that don’t know: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is, as mentioned above, a third-person battle-royale, last-man-standing shooter from PLAYERUNKNOWN aka Brendan Green, a pioneer of the Battle Royale genre. As the creator of the Battle Royale game-mode found in the ARMA series and H1Z1: King of the Hill, Greene is co-developing the game with the aforementioned Bluehole. And apparently Green has struck gold.
In the game, players start with nothing and must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a battle to be the lone survivor. Described as a “realistic” and “high tension,” the game takes place on a large 8×8 km island built in Unreal Engine 4. It’s wildly intense at times, and has created some the best GIFs in video games since its launch.
Bluehole and Greene have said that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will only remain in early access for a maximum of six months. If you can’t wait upwards of six months, then you can purchase the game right now — in it’s early access form — for $29.99 USD. As for a console release of the game, an official announcement has yet to be made.