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If you’re a regular viewer of Youtube ‘Let’s Plays’ like me, you’ve probably noticed a new trend amongst our favorite gaming channels: a LOT of them are currently playing this new game called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Without having prior knowledge about PUBG, I deduced from the thumbnails that perhaps it was just another mod for an FPS that I didn’t know about. But as time passed by, bigger Youtubers like Pewdiepie and jacksepticeye have started their own PUBG series, amassing millions of views. This finally convinced me to take a closer look on PUBG… and it turns out it was more than what I believed it was.
If you’re late to PUBG like me, here’s what you need to know about this massively popular game and why you should start playing it right now!
My first guess about PUBG wasn’t entirely wrong as it was actually based on mods that were already developed by Brendan Greene, who goes by the alias ‘PlayerUnknown’. But before Greene found his success story with PUBG, he had to deal with a series of tragedies: a failed marriage, lived day by day in Sao Paulo, until he finally found himself playing computer games while on welfare back in his hometown of Kildare, Ireland.
His modding career started with the game Arma 2, when he created a mod inspired by the Japanese film ‘Battle Royale’. Even with his basic knowledge in programming, his mod gained thousands of players until Sony licensed his concept and turned it into their own title, H1Z1. At the same time, Bluehole executive Kim Chang-han was thinking of developing a survival game and invited Greene to South Korea. With the same vision in mind, development for PUBG started on March 2016. It was first released on March 2017 on Steam with an early access program and it became an instant hit: within the first 7 months, 13 million units were sold and currently has a concurrent player count of 2 million – even surpassing Dota 2, following second at 700,000.
But PUBG seems to have come out of nowhere, with no predecessors or a superstar developer (although Greene himself has a solid following because of Arma) to start up the hype.
So what makes PUBG so great?
“Battle Royale” style games have been around for quite sometime now, with Greene being credited as the genre’s creator. But what makes it stand out among the rest is that it’s simple enough to be understood by the masses: the game starts with you being dropped off via parachute and the main objective is to survive at all costs. At the same time, it manages to be tactical enough for you to get hooked into thinking of ways to survive in its open-world survival killing frenzy.
Couple that with a tightly-knit community and a dev team that frequently updates the game. (And the aggressive marketing they’ve done by incentivizing streamers into playing their game.)
It’s simple, really – create a multiplayer that’s made to be addictive, maintain it properly, choose the best marketing strategy, and you’ve got yourself a smash hit that is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
So if you haven’t tried PUBG before, it’s time to jump in while there’s still a lot of people to play with! And while you’re at it, check out these awesome console accessories for your Xbox One, found here at Xesero.