- PUBG is now available for free on Xbox One consoles as a limited time offer.
- Current rumors suggest the game will become available on PS4 in the coming month.
- The new offer is suggestive of the fact that Microsoft might have signed a one-year exclusivity deal that is now coming to an end.
Nearly one year has passed since PUBG made its debut on the Xbox One Preview program. Since December 2017, PUBG fans on the Xbox One could pay $29.99 to start playing the popular multiplayer battle royal title. And now, in the latest news, Microsoft has announced that PUBG is free and up for grabs from the Microsoft Store.
According to the software giant, you can get the PUBG 1.0 full release for free, but only for a limited time period. This seems to be a part of the ‘big news involving PUBG’ promised by Microsoft that will be announced during the X018 event. However, the offer does bring up a lot of questions.
First of all, there is no clear time-frame for the ‘limited’ free availability of the game. Secondly, we don’t know whether or not the players who already purchased the beta version of the game will be eligible to get their money back. And lastly, why did Microsoft choose this time to start the free promotion for PUBG?
Well, as we stated earlier, PUBG on Microsoft is nearly one year old. On top of that, according to leaks on the Korean Ratings Board, the game is set to hit PS4 soon. The rumor has been confirmed by video game analyst ZhugeEX who stated that the game will be out on PS4 in the next month. All of this shows that Microsoft might have signed a one-year exclusivity partnership with Bluehole – the developers of PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, and the contract is coming to an end. If this is true, then the current move from Microsoft makes perfect sense.
On top of that Bluehole is also in talks with DC Comics and has plans to introduce the clown prince of crime – the Joker, and his love interest, Harley Quinn into its universe. So this is the perfect time to amass as many players possible to Microsoft’s gaming console before Sony comes into the picture.