PUBG leaves early access tonight. Here's what's next

CNET | 12/20/2017 | Sean Hollister
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has officially sold 25 million copies, CNET can confirm. By any measure, that's a huge success.

But it's particularly astounding when you consider the game isn't finished yet. It's only tonight, on Dec. 20, that the "Hunger Games"-like title will finally come out of beta.

Hours - Story - PT - Version - Game

Five hours after I publish this story (11 p.m. PT), Version 1.0 will bring the game's first huge new map, the ability to vault over obstacles, revamped ballistics, improved vehicles, killcams and -- particularly impressive -- 3D replays that let you watch entire matches from any player's perspective or even a bird's eye view, so you can learn from your mistakes.

But what's next? Earlier this week, we spoke to the game's head honcho, PUBG Corp. CEO and executive producer C.H. Kim, to pick his brain about that exact thing. We wanted to know about the game's ugly Xbox launch, about PUBG on phones, and -- of course -- what's next for PC.

Milestones - Fans - Access - Game - Kim

"This is just one of many milestones we've promised our fans when we started Early Access... it doesn't mean we're done with the game," says Kim. "We'll be continuing to add new content and continue to fine-tune the gameplay mechanics persistently." And impressively, that additional content will be free.

In particular, expect focus around features that makes PUBG more suitable for pro gaming: "Next year we have some thoughts about being a little more aggressive trying to run leagues and tournaments around PUBG."

Xbox - Framerate

That poor Xbox framerate? Don't expect it to magically get better soon.

According to Kim, the poor framerates we're seeing on Xbox weren't a surprise for the team, and he says the company is committed to steadily improving the graphical fidelity, including hiring new team members to work on the Xbox version of the...
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