The official distribution of the game in Russia is carried out by Mail.Ru Group [3] [4] . The game is based on previous modifications for other games created by Brendan Green ( Eng. By Brendan Greene ) under the pseudonym «PlayerUnknown», a concept that was inspired by the Japanese film ” Battle Royale” 2000 year . As a result, this led to the creation of an independent game, where Green acted as a leading game designer . In the game there are up to 100 players who land on the island, after which they look for equipment and weapons to kill other participants and at the same time stay alive. The available safe area on the in-game map begins to decrease over time, making the available space closer to push them together.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
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Game cover
The Republic of Korea PUBG Corporation
The whole world PUBG Corporation
The whole world Microsoft studios
( Xbox one )
Russia Mail.Ru Group ( PC )
China Tencent ( PC and mobile devices (Android and iOS)) [1]
Japan DMM Games [en] ( PC )
Announcement Date
June 27, 2016 [2]
Release dates
The whole worldMarch 23, 2017
( early access )
The whole worldDecember 21, 2017 (release)
Xbox one
The whole world December 12, 2017
( early access )
The whole world September 4, 2018
( release )
iOS , Android
China February 9, 2018
The whole world March 19, 2018
Playstation 4
The whole world December 7, 2018
Latest version
5.7.7 ( PC ) / July 10, 2019
1.20 ( XOne ) / August 13, 2019
0.14.5 ( Android / iOS ) / September 13, 2019
battle royale , third -person and first-person shooter
ACB : MA15 + – Mature 15+
CERO : D – Ages 17 and up
ESRB : T – Teens
PEGI : 16
RARS : 16+
USK : 18
Brendan Green
Chan Khan Kim
Game designer
Brendan Green
Salta, Tom
Technical details
PC ( Windows ), Xbox One , iOS , Android , PlayStation 4
Game engine
Unreal engine 4
Game mode
Interface language
Russian language is present
full list:
Russian , English , Korean , Chinese , French , German , Spanish , Arabic , Japanese , Polish , Portuguese , Turkish , Thai
digital distribution

Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 or AMD FX-6300
Hard Drive: 30 GB
Video card: video card with 2 GB of memory ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R7 370 )
DirectX 11
Broadband Internet Access
keyboard and mouse , gamepad , touch screen
Official site
Commons-logo.svg Wikimedia Commons Media Files
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was released Steam for the program early access on March 23 2017 the year for the operating system the Windows [5] . During the first seven months after the release, more than 13 million copies of the game were sold, and the peak number of players reached more than 2 million people by the end of the year, making it one of the most popular games on Steam [6] . On October 31, PUBG sales exceeded 18 million copies. The full version of the game was released on December 21, 2017. Output for Xbox One by publisher Microsoft Studios on December 12 to the early access program [7], but on September 4, 2018, an official release took place. March 19, 2018 was released a mobile version for Android and iOS on the model of free-to-play- . The PlayStation 4 version was announced in November 2018, and released on December 7, 2018.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an action-game, in which players with up to 100 people are fighting in the ” battle royal ” ( Eng.  Of Battle Royale ), the type of large-scale ” for last man standing ” battle in deathmatch mode where players fight each other to be the last survivors. Players can choose how to enter the match: alone, in a pair or in a squad of four people. In any case, the last person or team left alive wins the match [8] .

Each match begins with the fact that all players parachute from an airplane over a map with an area of ​​4 × 4, 6 x 6 or 8 × 8 kilometers [9] . The flight route of the aircraft through the map is randomly selected at the beginning of the match, which requires players to quickly determine the best moment for a parachute jump [8] . Players start the round without any equipment, with the exception of customizable clothing, which has almost no effect on the gameplay. Once the players land, they can inspect various buildings, structures and other structures in search of weapons, vehicles, clothing, armor, tactical equipment, medicines and other things. These items are distributed throughout the map at the beginning of the match, and certain areas have an increased chance of finding the best equipment there.[8] . Killed players leave equipment at the place of their death [8] . Players can choose the view from the first or third person , each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages in a combat situation and analysis of the current situation; however, before the start of the match, the player can choose the settings for the server, allowing you to choose to use only one type of perspective for all players in order to eliminate some advantages (for example, a view of the terrain from behind the shelter, remaining completely hidden behind it) [8] [10] .

Some time after landing, every few minutes the playing area of ​​the map begins to decrease in a random place, while any player who is outside the safe zone will begin to take damage, which ultimately leads to his death and the end of the match for him, if he will not have time to get to the safe zone on time; in the game, the player sees the border of the area as a shimmering bluish wall, which narrows over time [11] . As a result of this, the safe playing area is becoming more and more limited, which in turn increases the chances of meeting other players [8] . Also during the match in random areas of the map there is a red zone that is bombarded, this poses a threat to players who remain in this area [12]. In both cases, players are warned a few minutes before these events, which gives them time to move to a safe place [13] . In addition, from time to time, an airplane will fly over various areas of the game zone along a random route, parachuting a container with cargo containing items that are usually inaccessible during the game process. Upon landing, the cargo is marked with

a red smoke bomb , which attracts interested players and creates additional confrontations [8] . On average, a full round lasts no more than 30 minutes [13] .

At the end of each round, players receive in-game currency based on how long they survived, how many players they killed and how much damage they caused. Currency is used to purchase boxes containing items of clothing and shoes, hats to customize the appearance of the character [14] .

The concept of the game was developed when lead designer Brendan Green, under the pseudonym “PlayerUnknown,” began working as a modder on ArmA 2 , later creating his own game mode, which is now called “Battle Royale”. This game mode was later embodied in other games, for example, H1Z1: King of the Kill . Seeing the commercial success of this genre, Brendan Green decided to make his own game in Battle Royale mode. The game was released as part of the Steam Early Access Program in March 2017 [15] . On December 21, 2017, a full release of the game took place [16] .

October 16, 2017 Mail.Ru Group became the official distributor of the game in Russia [3] [4] .

During the early access period , most gaming websites decided not to do detailed reviews on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds , although they praised the game. IGN Chloe Rad gave the game a preliminary rating of 9 out of 10, commenting on the fact that it “creates a tense and focused gaming experience, nothing more that puts it out of competition” in comparison with similar projects [17] .

In the first three days after the release of PUBG in early access, the project brought developers $ 11 million dollars [26] , while at the same time topping the top of the most popular games on Steam , and the number of simultaneously playing users amounted to 67 thousand people [27] . By the second week of April 2017, more than 1 million copies of the game were sold, and the maximum number of simultaneous players was 89 thousand people. Analyst company SuperData Research estimated that revenue from April sales of the game exceeded $ 34 million, which added it to the top 10 most profitable games for the month, while still ahead of Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. By May 2017, more than 2 million copies of the game were sold, and the total gross income was estimated at $ 60 million. For three months of early access, sales exceeded 4 million copies of the game, while the Bluehole publisher announced that revenues exceeded $ 100 million. PUBG reached 4 million copies sold faster than Minecraft , which took more than a year to achieve similar sales figures during the paid beta . Seven months after PUBG went into early access, Bluehole announced that the game had hit the 13 million sold mark. In September 2017, the 38 Communications analytic website estimated Bluehole’s capitalization of 5.2 trillion South Korean won ($ 4.6 billion).US dollars ), which implies that over the past three months since June of that year, at the expense of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the market value of Bluehole has grown five-fold [28] . In the wake of the success of the game, the Chinese telecommunications media giant Tencent proposed Bluehole a publishing agreement to release the game in China and invested in shares of the company [29] .

With early access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has surpassed numerous game records. Bluehole released statistics for the first four months after the release, which showed that more than ten million matches were played in PUBG , which is actually more than 25,000 years old. These SteamSpy demonstrated that PUBG overtook longtime popular projects on the number of simultaneous players (eng.) Russian. on Steam such as Fallout 4 and Grand Theft Auto V , even surpassing Dota 2 , the most popular platform game in August 2017. The following month, the maximum number of players in the game exceeded 1.3 million people, which exceeded the record in Dota 2 , equal to 1.29 million and set in March 2016 . At the beginning of October 2017, the peak number of simultaneously playing users reached 2 million people [6] . The game also had its popularity in South Korea , in the local internet café called the PC bang (Eng.) Russian. ; Gametrics, an analytics firm, said PUBG outperformed Overwatch by August 2017. and became the second most popular game in the country, second only to League of Legends .

Some gaming journalists commented on the rapid growth of a large user base for the game, which was still in early access. The creator of the game, Brendan Green, was sure that during the first month the game could attract more than one million players, however, some of the development team expected only from 200,000 to 300,000 during the first year and were very surprised by the results for the first month. Green believed that the strong growth in the number of players was fueled by unconventional advertising through streamers on Twitch.tvand other content creators with whom they collaborated to introduce new gameplay elements before the public release. Chloe Rad with IGN believed the game’s popularity was due to its rapidly evolving features compared to similar games available at the time, such as H1Z1 and DayZ . Glad believes that the structure of the game balances well between periods when the player is in the thick of things with gunfights and when he leads a secret game, hiding from other hostile players. In her opinion, this approach, together with a short waiting time for a new match, reduces the threshold for new players to enter the game. Andy Moore from Glixel (Eng.) Russian. felt that the popularity of PUBG due to how the game encourages players to act in situations in which they find themselves without considering their preferences, comparing this to the Stanford prison experiment[ specify ] , and thus is able to capture the interest of players who can usually avoid these types of games.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun ‘s Michael Johnson described PUBG as “a tactical shooter – sandbox with story and horror generator in one game”, and combining this with the multiplayer mode, in his opinion, is the reason for its popularity. Rob Zakni of site Waypoint (Eng.) Russian. found that PUBG offers the same type of entertainment for participants, that many other simulators survival of the regime “players often experiment with in-game resources rather than storing them, which leads to humorous or unexpected situations, which are often absent in survival games, and makes it more pleasant to watch and the game itself, which contributes to its popularity. VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb believes PUBG is a paradigm shift in the first-person shooter market , similar to how Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare changed the way the shooter world came out in 2007 , but according to Grubb, PUBG did it being the exact opposite of the Call of Duty series in terms of pace of the game and strategy.

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