It appears that Microsoft is in talks with developer Bluehole Studio to extend the PUBG Xbox One exclusivity.
That’s what website Bloomberg reports after having spoken to “people familiar with the matter”. These ‘people’ have asked not to be identified due to the private matter of the negations between Microsoft and Bluehole. It is said that Blue is “likely” to extend the exclusivity agreement between both parties.
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When asked about the matter, Microsoft declined to comment. “Right now, the team is solely focused on bringing the best game possible to Xbox One and PC. We have nothing further to announce at this time,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) was released for PC through early access back in March of this year, and more than 10 million copies of the game have already been sold.
During this year’s Gamescom event, Microsoft announced an exclusive partnership to help publish the standalone Battle Royale on Xbox One (including Xbox One X) this year.
“Our goal is to deliver the best Battle Royale experience to a global audience and our partnership with Microsoft will allow us to do just that,” said Chang Han Kim, VP of Bluehole, Inc and Executive Producer for PUBG. “This partnership with Microsoft will accelerate the development and delivery of PUBG to console players around the world as we utilize their vast resources and impressive technical, sales and marketing expertise.”
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“I couldn’t be more excited to be working with the team at Bluehole to bring Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds exclusively to our players on Xbox One this year,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We’ve been huge fans since the very earliest days, and worked hard to bring the game successfully to our E3 briefing. The announcement of our publishing the game on console today is an evolution of the strong partnership we’ve been building over many months.”
PUBG is expected to release on Xbox One by the end of this year.