Some pretty strong signs point to PUBG coming to the PS4 in the near future.
Twitter user Nibel seems to be the first person to spot a page on a Korean rating board website that suggests a PS4 version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been submitted for review. The rating board has classified the game as “not for youth,” which is pretty consistent with the Western version of the game’s rating. Beyond that, it does not reveal more information about the port or suggest when it will be released for Sony’s console.
If you’re suddenly wondering how this could be possible when PUBG was released on Xbox One as an exclusive, it seems that the deal Bluehole made with Microsoft didn’t guarantee that it would remain an Xbox exclusive forever. In fact, IGN is noting that Bluehole and Microsoft may have reached an agreement to extend the game’s exclusivity beyond the initially agreed upon date.
It’s also been reported that Bluehole may have been in talks with Sony regarding the possibility of a PUBG port before their deal with Microsoft was done. That may suggest that they’ve been working on a port in the background so that they were ready to release it around the time that their deal with Microsoft expired.
The question now is whether or not PUBG will find a sizeable audience on the PS4. On PC, PUBG has been losing players to Fortnite and other competitors, but the developers have remained committed to updating it and making major changes that will fix the game’s lingering technical issues. On the Xbox One, though, PUBG remains in a somewhat rough state. It’s not nearly as feature rich as the PC version, and the developers never really figured out how to make the game’s interface feel natural on a controller.
On top of that, you’ve got Fortnite dominating the world (even though that game has its own problems on PS4) and the impending arrival of Call of Duty‘s exceptional Blackout mode (which is honestly a more console-friendly take on the PUBG concept).
Still, it will be interesting to see PUBG on the world’s most popular console.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.