Microsoft revealed at Gamescom that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or as most people know it as, PUBG) will officially launch on Xbox One on September 4th, after spending over 9 months in Game Preview.
To celebrate the game’s official release, the Xbox version will add a few features that up until now only PC players have been able to enjoy, namely:
- The Sanhok map, a smaller map that encourages quicker, more intense games. The map will introduce all-new weapons and vehicles, as well as dynamic weather changes for the first time on the console version
- The introduction of War Mode – the popular deathmatch-style mode where players respawn after they’re killed. The new mode will be playable at the Xbox booth at Gamescom
- In-game currency that lets players purchase all the usual in-game cosmetics, as well Event pass: Sanhok, which will provide additional features to the Sanhok map.
To celebrate the official launch of the game, Microsoft also announced the limited edition PUBG wireless controller, which is available for pre-order as of today ($69.99 USD). The controller has a few cool cosmetic changes, such as a black camo print and a rifle scope on the right analog stick. There is also a physical difference that sets the limited edition controller apart – the addition of rubberised trigger grips that will ‘help you stay on target in the final circle’.
There’s more good news for those who have already sunk hours into the Game Preview version of the game, with Microsoft stating that all achievements will carry over into the full release.
The full version of PUBG for Xbox One will be available in both digital and physical versions on September 4. It’ll be interesting to see if the full release on console will have any impact on slowing down the juggernaut that is Fortnite, or if it’s too little too late for PUBG.