The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds full release date has been pushed back to the end of the year, according to PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene.
The survival shooter for the PC infamously sold 2 million copies just five weeks after being added to the Early Access program of Steam. The millions of players waiting for the final release of the game, however, will have to wait a bit longer than expected.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Full Release Date Delayed
In an update posted on the game's Steam page, Greene noted his team's timeline of getting PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds out of the Early Access program in six months. As the game was added to the program in March, players expected the full release by September.
However, Greene said that restricting the launch date of the full version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to a certain month may hinder the development team from rolling out a complete game or cause disappointment among players if the deadline is broken.
"So, we have decided that we are going push the full launch back a bit from the initial six-month timeframe, but want to assure you that we are still planning a full release before the end of Q4 2017," Greene wrote.
With the full launch on PC pushed back to the end of the year, it is unclear if the planned Xbox One version will be affected. The early access version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for the Xbox One was scheduled to be released in late 2017.
The Popularity Of 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds'
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has already sold 4 million copies while still in Steam's Early Access program, and its massive popularity will likely not be affected by the delay to the full version of a few months.
In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, players are dropped in an island and fight against 100 other players for survival, Battle Royale style. Players will need to scavenge for supplies and weapons and are forced to come closer together as the game progresses or else they will be bombed.
Supporting the unique gameplay, the development team behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has kept working on new content. The game has received new weapons, custom servers, a vaulting and climbing system, and full 3D replays while in Steam's Early Access program. There are also plans for a zombie mode, along with two new maps in the works.
Greene noted that the development team will keep pushing out weekly and monthly updates to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds until its full launch, which means that there is much more to come for the survival shooter.