Report: PUBG Devs In Talks About PS4 Version, After Xbox Launch

Battlegrounds is the hottest game on the market right now, and it's not coming to the PS4. But according to a new profile, Bluehole is in talks to change that already - once the Xbox version is released.

In a profile of lead developer Brendan "PLAYERUNKNOWN" Greene with Bloomberg, the article revealed that Bluehole are already in talks with Sony about porting PUBG to the PS4:

Chang says his company has had talks with all of the major console companies about bringing PUBG to a broader audience. Microsoft Corp. will launch the title exclusively on Xbox later this year. Bluehole is in talks with Sony about introducing a version for the PlayStation after that.

It's not a surprise that Sony are just as keen to get PUBG as Xbox is, considering how hot it is right now. More than anything else, it's probably the biggest console exclusive Xbox will have these holidays.

The full interview is worth a read, especially considering the state Greene's life was in when he started making ArmA 2 mods:

As is common in modding, Greene didn’t charge money to avoid legal conflicts with Arma 2’s creators and paid for online servers out of pocket. After eventually moving back to Ireland, he kept tweaking the mod -- attracting as many as 70,000 players at peak -- until Sony licensed the concept in late 2014 for their own title H1Z1.

“I was so happy because I was able to go to the social welfare office and say, ‘Look, I don’t have to take money anymore’,” Greene says.

[Bloomberg]

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    It makes sense for Sony to want to attract an 'out of the box' battle royale experience considering the experience they've had with their own property H1Z1's console release stuck in development hell.

    On the other hand, I wonder how much of Bluehole's eagerness is a response to Fortnite Battle Royale, which is already available on consoles. Signing an exclusive period with Xbox might end up harming the game's ability to establish a player base on PS4 when it eventually does land there, because of how much time it will have conceded to other BR games by that point.

      My thoughts exactly .

        This would have come together before they knew about Fortnite's battle royale mode, I'd venture.

      Yep! time based exclusive was a bad choice. Fortnite's Battle Royale has already filled PUBG's spot in my games list. I was happy to wait until console release but after hearing it wont be on PS4 for some time after Xbox, I gave up.

    This should surprise no one and has been widely assumed since announcement, xbox has a preview program, nothing more to it. The exclusive wording was always ambiguous instead of saying its only coming to xbox

      The part where they're having talks now is telling. That's not a freedom most studios get. See what happened with Slightly Mad and EA, for instance.

    I still do not believe that this will make a good console game, thankfully multiple sensitivity types are supported (per magnification), but inventory management will be a nightmare.

    I am keen for PUBG on sony's platform, however in the meantime had soooo much fun with Fortnites BR on the weekend on PS4. Sure room for improvement, but the base game is solid.....and free.

    Sloppy legal work by Microsoft. They should be trying to stitch this baby up as a console exclusive to plug that perceived void in their first party lineup that everybody whinges about. I thought there might already have been some back room nod-and-winks after Rare started sharing tech but, alas, it’s not to be.

      I have no doubts they would have if their market position was better, hell I wouldn't be surprised if they had proposed it initially.

      But no use solidifying their current standing and alienating the bigger market, look what happened when they accidentally gave the impression that Tomb Raider was an exclusive rather than a timed one.

      They also want Sony to come on board the whole share play bandwagon.

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