'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' full launch won't happen as early as promised

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the massively multiplayer battle royal-style shooter from developer Bluehole, launched via Steam’s Early Access program in March. The game was an instant hit and has already sold more than four million copies.

It’s the third most popular game on Valve’s platform (as of writing) based on current player count, an incredibly impressive achievement given its Early Access status.

Some fans, citing examples like DayZ and H1Z1, are concerned over the prospect that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds might stick around in Early Access limbo for far longer than necessary.

In an interview from April, creator Brendan Greene vowed that his game would be out of Early Access within six to seven months. That would put the full launch in the October to November window but now, Greene doesn’t seem quite as confident.

In a roadmap update over on Steam, Greene said that he’s done a lot of interviews over the past few months in which he mentioned exiting Early Access within six months. Upon further thought, Greene said he’s come to realize that restricting the window to a specific month could hinder them from delivering a fully featured game and / or lead to disappointment within the community if the deadline isn’t met.

As such, Greene said they’ve decided to push back the full launch a bit. He didn’t give a hard target date but assured fans that they are still planning to launched before the end of the year.

While the admission will no doubt rub some users the wrong way, it’s hard to fault the developer for not wanting to rush something out of beta before it is fully polished.

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Panda218

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Honestly who cares if it stays in EA a bit longer? The game is already tons of fun and I've gotten my 30 dollars worth with 57 hours played. The one thing I would like to see changed is to move from a 3rd person perspective to first person. Cheesing the 3rd person camera gets really old really quick
 
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Hexic

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Honestly who cares if it stays in EA a bit longer? The game is already tons of fun and I've gotten my 30 dollars worth with 57 hours played. The one thing I would like to see changed is to move from a 3rd person perspective to first person. Cheesing the 3rd persona camera gets really old really quick
I agree that it shouldn't matter if they're going to delay a game's full release a little longer for the sake of quality. It is already a very fun game, I don't mind waiting. Especially after the $30 I paid.

I do enjoy the third person angle though. I think when done right (I.e. here, IMO), it adds a fun and unique aspect to the game that adds more to the plate.
 
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The one thing I would like to see changed is to move from a 3rd person perspective to first person. Cheesing the 3rd persona camera gets really old really quick
Um you can go to 1st person. Use the "V" key. But keep in mind using FP does hamper your overall view of your surroundings.

I love this game too!
 

Panda218

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Um you can go to 1st person. Use the "V" key. But keep in mind using FP does hamper your overall view of your surroundings.

I love this game too!
Oh yes I'm aware and that's exactly why I'd like to see the death of 3rd person camera. I'm sick of everyone being able to look around corners without exposing themselves to danger and turning the game into a camping simulator... Luckily it sounds like they are going to create a hardcore mode which forces FP view only so I won't complain too much :)
 
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texasrattler

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No multiplayer shooter should be in 3rd person. It's just takes away from the whole purpose of being in the moment. You can never really be surprised in 3rd person as your field of view would be wide. So you could open a door but without ever coming out look around a corner, if you think about that, it's so unrealistic and f*cking stupid.
 
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Nobina

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Don't have the game yet but it sure looks like it's playable in this state from what I saw. I wouldn't mind if it gets delayed a little bit to iron out all the bugs and other stuff.
 
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Honestly who cares if it stays in EA a bit longer? The game is already tons of fun and I've gotten my 30 dollars worth with 57 hours played. The one thing I would like to see changed is to move from a 3rd person perspective to first person. Cheesing the 3rd person camera gets really old really quick
You can change to First Person by pressing 'V' in the game lol