All clues point towards battle royale giant PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds finally releasing on PlayStation 4 next month. Though long-speculated as constrained by a year-long exclusivity deal with Microsoft, a PUBG PlayStation 4 release could be mere weeks away.
A user, whose name we’ll omit for its infantile nature, over on the PSN Profiles forum uncovered traces of PUBG in the PlayStation Store database. He also came across two images (see just below) on official Sony-owned servers usually used as headers in retail mock ups.
Said user wrote ‘It’s confirmed that PUBG is coming to PS4. it’s in my PS4 Game Database. Don’t know when it’s coming out, but it’s already on Sony servers, hosting the game image and Content-ID for the psn store’, along with the following IDs.
Content-IDs generally indicate a game is scheduled for release relatively soon and the fact IDs are provided for both the US and European versions of the PSN store seemingly back this up. The discovery also matches up nicely with news back in September that the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea had rated a PlayStation 4 version of PUBG.
Things don’t end here though as Niko Partners video game analyst Daniel Ahmad posted on ResetEra confirming PUBG was indeed landing on PlayStation 4 next month.
The December release window is interesting in itself as it marks the one-year anniversary of PUBG’s Xbox One launch. Though not officially corroborated, accepted wisdom is that Microsoft struck an exclusivity deal with PUBG Corp. lasting precisely one year. The lack of promotional material for PUBG on PlayStation 4 this close to the alleged release may simply be due to a clause in the contract with Microsoft.
As for what to expect from a PlayStation 4 version; Sony doesn’t offer an early-access platform meaning chances are the game is a more or less in a completed form or PUBG Corp were able to arrange an exemption in the same way Epic Games were able to with Fortnite.
Expect an official announcement before too long now that the cat is well and truly out of the bag.