Since recent past few weeks, we have witnessed the rise of Bluehole’s latest online shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from out of nowhere to the most popular title at the moment.
Despite the fact that it has been around 6 months since its launch and that too in the phase of Early Access, the title has managed to beat many previous games on the biggest digital gaming platform Steam, including Valve’s own free-to-play Dota 2.
Dota 2 was known as the most popular title with most number of concurrent players until three weeks ago when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds surpassed Counter Strike Global Offensive and then Dota 2 in terms of concurrent players record. And recently, the title broke Dota 2’s all-time highest record for concurrent players on Steam with 1,305,336 players.
The figure is now confirmed by both SteamDB and SteamCharts as PUBG beating Dota 2’s highest player record of 1,295,114 so it’s safe to say that Bluehole’s new shooter shows no sign of stopping. Last week, the developers confirmed that the title has sold over 10 million copies since its launch and it continues to grow.
The developers expected 1st year sales between 200K to 300K copies but it grew far more than the developers even predicted. The game will be launched on Xbox One via Early Preview later this year while it currently shows no sign on PS4. Once it gets available on current-gen consoles, we may witness new records.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now available on PC via Steam. Stay tuned for more updates!