PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is 2017’s biggest surprise hit. Available on Windows PC and Xbox One, it appears that the developer behind it, PUBG Corp wants to see the game available across platforms including the PS4 and perhaps even outside of gaming.
In conversation with South Korea’s InvenGlobal, PUBG Corp CEO Chang Han Kim had this to say:
“I’d like PUBG to become a universal media franchise based on the game. We want to take part in diverse industries including e-sports, movies, drama, cartoons, animation, and more. In fact, we received a couple of calls from a number of developers in Hollywood and Netflix. Our dream is to build a new game-based culture through various ways like this, and have the lead of that culture.”
Furthermore, he did let slip that the game will be exclusive to the Xbox One for “some time”, shedding light on Sony’s adherence of quality.
“As it’s going to be an exclusive title on Xbox One for some time, we’d like to focus on completing the Xbox One PUBG for now. If we have the opportunity, the final goal would be to launch the title on every platform,” he said.
“Early Access on Steam and Game Preview on Xbox One are like pre-release, so they don’t have a restriction on quality. However, PS is very strict about this. There were cases where a game took six months more to launch even when it was already completed. We are still in the stage of learning the console development environment and console gamers’ taste. We need to think about other platforms after evaluating and completing the Xbox One version first.”
Kim’s comments also reveal the contrasting approaches to consumers from both Sony and Microsoft. While each has its own pros and cons, if you were expecting PUBG on PS4, you’re in for a long wait.