As one of the biggest game releases of 2017, it’s safe to say that most people have already played a round or two in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the hit battle royale game for PC and consoles. If you happen to be one of the few who haven’t and own an Xbox One, though, this weekend might just be your chance.
GameSpot reports on the free weekend happening on for Xbox owners looking to take a crack at PUBG. All Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to play the game 100% for free for the entire weekend until the end of April 22 on Sunday. The trial is currently available for download on the storefront in the Gold section for all qualifying console owners.
This free weekend comes almost immediately following the announcement that the Xbox version of the game will be receiving the new desert map called Miramar (along with the new minibus, pickup truck, and jet ski vehicles) early in May, making it a good time to buy if you find you enjoy the game. Not only that, but the limited time DLC pack for the Xbox One is already available for $7, going from April 19 to May 19.
In addition to the confirmed updates and add-ons, rumors of yet another map have already begun to circulate within the community. The game’s developers are already hard at work on a new, smaller map (Codename: Savage) for the PC release of the game. If current trends hold, that means it would likely release on console within a few months of its release on PC, promising even more content in the near future for those who own the game.
If you’ve been on the fence about PUBG up until now but find yourself enticed by the promise of expansive new content and the chance to try things out for free, then take this opportunity to head over to the Xbox Live storefront before it’s too late.
PUBG, which is short for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is a multiplayer online survival game for Windows, Xbox One, and now Android and iOS.
In the game, players engage in combat against either other in a winner take all battle royal scenario. Players struggle to be the last one living in this genre bending shooter. As soon as the game begins, you are met with an innovative approach to spawning. Instead of just popping into existence at a random location on the map, each player choose precisely when they want to dive out of an airplane and down onto the field. Each round of the game offers a completely unique flight pattern for the plan, creating a situation where players must think on their feet to decide where is best to drop.
When the game released, it quickly became one of the most played games on PC and Xbox One. The game was also released to very positive reviews from critics. PUBG received a 10 out of 10 from polygon and a 9.5 out of 10 from popular gaming news site IGN. PUBG was able surpass Triple A titles such as GTA V and Fallout 4 in player count in a surprisingly quick amount of time.
PUBG became an instant gold mine in the video game industry. In just two weeks time PUBG sold over one million copies, selling over 34 million dollars in its first month. PUBG was even after to reach four million purchase before popular title: Minecraft.
PUBG for Mobile?
Lead designer of PUBG, Brendan Greene, has decided to bring his game to a much more diverse audience. He has done this by releasing the game for Android and iOS. Since the evolution of the smart phone, mobile gaming has become the most successful and profitable sectors in the video game industry. People who would never even try a console or a PC game play on their phone. By releasing PUBG on mobile, Brendan Greene could see a resurgence in his popular game.
Already, some players are complaining of awkward controls, but people will get used to them soon enough. Download PUBG in the Android and iOS stores today and be sure to start now while everyone is getting used to the control scheme.