Microsoft Reportedly Wants to Extend Xbox Exclusivity Deal for PUBG

Microsoft Reportedly Wants to Extend Xbox Exclusivity Deal for PUBG

If the deal is extended, Xbox could be the exclusive console home to PUBG through mid-2018.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds could remain exclusive to the Xbox One longer than originally expected according to sources familiar with the matter.

In a report published by Bloomberg, the deal between Bluehole Inc. and Microsoft regarding PUBG not only includes Bluehole producing the game for Xbox and Xbox exclusivity for 2017, but also potentially an extension to that deal that will keep PUBG on the Xbox One through mid-2018, or possibly longer.

Bluehole announced that PUBG would be coming exclusively to the Xbox back at E3 2017, and that announcement expanded at Gamescom to bring on Microsoft as the publisher for the game. The exclusivity deal would mean that the Xbox One would hold onto PUBG on consoles for the foreseeable future, while the publishing deal gives Bluehole access to Microsoft's marketing resources. However, it was originally believed that PUBG would remain on the Xbox through 2017.

The chips are down

This new report comes at heels of another Bloomberg story on PUBG that reported Bluehole was in talks with Sony to bring the game to the PlayStation after arriving exclusively on Xbox.It's a little unclear at this point when exactly Sony and Bluehold would expect PUBG to come to the PlayStation in light of the recent news.

PUBG currently sold 13 million copies, much more than even Bluehole's original sales expectations for the game. As one of the year's biggest games, and catapulting Bluehole, previously the makers of popular MMORPGs, to massive international success. Companies like Chinese media giant Tencent are circling PUBG, and no doubt Microsoft considers the PUBG partnership a major coup for the Xbox One. A system which currently lacks major exclusives for the remainder of 2017, aside from the recent Forza 7.

We will keep you posted on any developments regarding this story. In the meantime, check out our PUBG guide, or our preview of how cross-play might function for PUBG between Xbox One and PC.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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