PUBG for Xbox Was Treated Like a First-Party Title at Microsoft

PUBG for Xbox Was Treated Like a First-Party Title at Microsoft

The Gears of War 4 devs helped bring PUBG to the Xbox One.

Microsoft has finally revealed which team worked with PUBG Corp. to help bring PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to the Xbox One and it's none other than The Coalition, the developers of Gears of War 4.

"There was this global assessment within Microsoft of how can we pair up with this super collaborative, super friendly and incredibly successful - in the short term - group for our partnership to deliver," said PUBG for Xbox One executive producer Nico Bihary in an interview with Polygon. According to Bihary "there were a lot of raised hands within Microsoft of offer support."

The partnership Bihary was referring to is the publishing deal that partnered up Microsoft with PUBG Corp to help bring the massively popular PC game first to the Xbox One console. There have been rumors that Microsoft is looking to extend the deal and the game's exclusivity on the Xbox One.

"PUBG is really getting the boutique, first-party, white-glove treatment," explained Bihary. He said that this treatment meant Microsoft gave PUBG Corp. access to the team at The Coalition as well as Microsoft's own quality assurance team and advanced technical group. All so PUBG Corp. could focus on developing the core game.

PUBG will launch on the Microsoft Game Preview program on December 12. Like Steam Early Access, the Preview program version is still in development. While the version on the Xbox is less far along than the PC version, the Xbox version will come with new features like vaulting and climbing, with Bihary saying that at some point he hopes their "content roadmaps converge[.]"

PUBG will retail at $30 for the Xbox and there are "no plans or announcements regarding microtransactions." Though PUBG Corp. did reveal cosmetic items in the future, including an Xbox exclusive cosmetic set.

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