PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in early access March 23

You know what they call a Battle Royale game in the USA? Battle Quarter Pounder. True story. Arena survival shooters are all around these days, taking the scavenge-o-sandbox style of DayZ and packaging it up in little murderous packages. One of the earlier Battle Royale ’em ups was an Arma 2/3 mod created by PlayerUnknown and now, after helping on H1Z1: King of the Kill, he’s teamed up with Tera devs Bluehole Studio for a full standalone commercial Hunger Gameser of his own. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] is its name, and entering early access on March 23rd is its game. That’s the word out of PAX East, accompanied by this new trailer:

It’s a fairly typical Battle Royale dealio: 64 players are dunked onto an 8x8km island to scavenge for weapons, vehicles, and supplies then hide, sneak, and murder until they’re the only one left.

Even the most popular of Battle Royale ’em ups are pretty janky so one well-done could be a good’un. King of the Kill, for example, is the third-most played game on Steam as I write, behind Dota 2 and CS:GO, in spite of its wonk.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will cost $29.99 when it hits Steam Early Access. The plan is to reach full release within six months, building on player feedback while while adding new modes and things. Mod tools are planned too.


  1. AutonomyLost says:

    “Royale with cheeeese”

  2. Ephant says:

    What does this better than all the other Early Access Battle Royale games? “It’s made by PlayerUnknown” doesn’t count.

    • fish99 says:

      Better shooting mechanics, more tactical, better looking, less buggy.

    • syndrome says:

      look at the videos by jackfrags.
      tl;dr it’s relatively good-ish even by my standards.

  3. tigerfort says:

    I’m pretty sure Alice is looking for a joke about the US Imperial system here, but I’m not sure I want to make it :)

  4. zeep says:

    God.. no more

  5. Blacksilver65 says:

    As someone who doesn’t typically like these early access games due to the mentioned wonk factor, this looks pretty cool.

  6. Blowfeld81 says:

    Usually this is not my cup of tea, but I enjoy this game

  7. Chewbacca says:

    The ARMA 3 one is already pretty good, but it’s ARMA with all its engine problems (especially draw distance even on high tier PCs which is a huge problem for a Battle Royal). So I am looking forward to this. The first gameplay from the closed beta looks solid.

    The only perfectly working Battle Royal at the moment is Division: Survival PvP and that is still focused on PvE and close quarter combat. So this is a good addition to the market.

  8. April March says:

    Wait, is the game’s name PlayerUnknown: Battlegrounds?

    • xcession says:

      Yup, because everyone cares who or what PlayerUnknown is.

      • dayzend says:

        DeveloperUnknown doesn’t have the same edge to it.

      • Ghostwise says:

        Then make it Kim Kardashian: Battleground and the problem is solved!

        Solutions. I always have ’em.

  9. SinisterSource says:

    You know what they call a Battle Royale game in the USA? Battle Quarter Pounder….WHAT? are you fucking retarded we dont say something that fucking stupid as that who ever wrote this is fucking stupid…fuck i hate when non fucking gamers think they can write a story about a video game they know nothing about please fucking die you stupid whore

    • Gawdamit says:

      I just registered on this site to reply to your dumbass.

      It’s a Pulp Fiction reference. You are clearly the dumbass here. What are you a teenager?

    • unitled says:

      Haha, this is quite a hilarious self own here!

      Even if the quote didn’t make sense it doesn’t excuse you speaking like this to someone else. As it is you’ve managed to come across like an arsehole AND a fool.

    • ramirezfm says:

      Vincent: And you know what they call a… a… a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
      Jules: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?
      Vincent: No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.
      Jules: Then what do they call it?
      Vincent: They call it a Royale with cheese.

      Also holy shit man, you’re angry. Gotta loosen up a little.

    • John Walker says:

      Just to be clear, as amusing as it is that this idiot made himself look so damned stupid, we absolutely do not tolerate anyone speaking to our employees in this way. He’s been banned from our site, as will anyone else who is even a fraction as rude.

      • Binky390 says:

        I created an account just to respond to this. Good for this website for standing by its employees!

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      I agree, a Troo Gamer would never have made such an elementary mistake. It’s not a Battle Quarter Pounder, it’s a Battle Whopper.

    • Trillby says:

      “*Expletive expletive* ethics in *swears and cusses* video game *death threats and misogyny* journalism and stuff”

    • syndrome says:

      You’re all just intolerant. The guy is clearly from the USA. This is how they talk to each other. Get cancer, pls die you fucking whore, etc, that’s just a small part of their incessant caring for each other. To be so intolerant is almost anti-semitic. Nobody gets to choose a birthplace, or at least there’s no evidence that we do, and banning a guy for being stupid is not a sensible thing to do in this day and age, as it clearly shows European intolerance toward typical Americans. If I were USA, I’d bomb the hell out of RPS.