PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will hit 1.0 on Xbox One this September
Key features from the PC version will make their Xbox debut as part of the release milestone.
After reaching version 1.0 on PC back in December 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (or PUBG in common parlance) is set to exit the Game Preview program on Xbox One and don the mantle of a full release on 4 September.
Like the 1.0 PC release before it, this occasion will see a number of major additions to the game that begat the Battle Royale phenomenon. The biggest of these is the long-awaited arrival of the new Sanhok map. Designed for a faster, more intimate combat experience than PUBG's other two maps, Sanhok takes place on a tropical island and brings with it a raft of new weapons and vehicles along with dynamic weather – a feature absent on Xbox One up until this point.
Just as dramatic as the new map is the introduction of War Mode on Xbox One. For those who haven't experienced it on PC, War Mode applies a more traditional team-deathmatch (TDM) formula to PUBG, restricting players to a small region within one of the larger maps and enabling respawns whenever you die. But while the structure is typical TDM, the brutal PUBG combat mechanics make it distinct from your typical Call of Duty match.
Where PUBG's 1.0 Xbox debut might ruffle a few feathers is with the introduction of microtransactions. These include a bevy of cosmetic items like shirts and pants but also the Event Pass for Sanhok which, when purchased, unlocks access to further progression options and rewards on the new Sanhok map. Full details on how this Event Pass is structured have yet to be revealed, but hopefully it won't feel like it's gating content off from players who don't spring for it.
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In-game goodies aren't all PUBG players on Xbox One have to look forward to. Microsoft also announced a new limited edition Xbox One controller themed after the Battle Royale phenomenon. Sporting a black digital camo skin, the controller goes beyond typical custom designs by featuring exclusive trigger grips that Microsoft claims will prove more responsive when the action heats up. Buying the controller will also unlock exclusive DLC in PUBG proper, though what this DLC is has yet to be revealed.
Pre-orders for the PUBG-themed Xbox One controller are live now at the Microsoft Store and will start shipping on 30 October.