‘PUBG’ PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds known as PUBG is a multiplayer online battle royale game (like fortnite) developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of publisher Bluehole. The game was released for Microsoft Windows via Steam’s early access beta program in March 2017, with a full release on December 20, 2017. That same month, the game was released by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One via its Xbox Game Preview program. The game was localized and released by Tencent Games in China, while two mobile versions based on the game for Android and iOS were also released in early 2018. By March 2018, the Windows version had sold over thirty million copies and held a peak concurrent player count of over three million, an all-time high on Steam, while the Xbox One version sold over five million itself.
In the game, up to one hundred players parachute onto an island and grub for weapons and equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed themselves. The available safe area of the game’s map decreases in size over time, directing surviving players into tighter areas to force encounters. The last player or team standing wins the round.
“Battlegrounds is imperfectly perfect”
The main gameplay for PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) follows the battle royale genre’s standard format: up to 100 players airdrop from the plane onto a randomly generated map (a large arena) approximately 8 by 8 kilometers in size, which includes random distribution of weapons, armor, and other combat support features. Players start with no weapon or gear beyond customizes clothing selections which do not affect gameplay but the appearance of the player. They will have to grub buildings and other sites to find weapons, vehicles, armor, clothing, and other equipment. The mission is to be the last player (or team, if playing in small squads) alive by killing or avoiding other players.
To keep players moving and engaging with each other, a “blue storm” progressively shrinks the map towards a random location, forcing players closer and closer to each other. That’s the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is about: Keep moving, keep killing. and players caught outside the zone will take damage, potentially dying. Players can loot defeated enemies’ weapons. During the course of the match, random regions of the map are highlighted in red and bombed, posing a threat to players who remain in that area. In both cases, players are warned a few minutes before these events, giving them time to relocate to safety. At random, a plane will fly over various parts of the playable map and drop a loot package, containing items which are typically unobtainable during normal gameplay. These packages emit highly visible red smoke, drawing interested players near it and creating further confrontations. On average, a full round takes no more than 30 minutes.
At the completion of each round, players gain in-game currency based on how long they survived, how many other players they had killed, and how much damage they dealt with other players. The currency is used to purchase crates which contain cosmetic items for character customization.