PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the latest and greatest game which has brought the “King of the Hill” format in video games to an all-time high. While H1Z1: KotH was another popular game in the genre, battlegrounds took everyone by surprise with its voluptuous success in an incredibly short period of time.
We are promised that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is “guaranteed” to leave early access as soon as October. The decision of rushing the game to “full” release from early access in less than 10 months after its release, makes us wonder whether or not it will be in the best of interest of players, and that there will be a price hike for the game in the coming months.
Where Ark: Survival Evolved Went Wrong.
To answer this, we must look towards another incredibly popular early access game, Ark: Survival evolved, the fan-favorite game with a slew problems, even after the two years it has been out. Now, as the “full” release for the game is supposed to leave early access in August, this year.
Even though Ark: Survival Evolved is incomplete by most standards with terrible optimization issues and a slew of other bugs as well as inherent multiplayer issues; battlegrounds is comparatively going on a much better path to success.
But again, since the developers of Ark can pump up the price of their incomplete product from a harsh $30 to an unbearable $60 dollars, we can expect trouble for the developers. The game got pummeled with negative reviews over the decision and the general view for a lot of Ark players is that the game should be restored to its former pricing.
While the concept of Early Access is that “you play the game while it’s broken for a cheap price, and pay the full price when it releases” but the fact of the matter is that the game still has a lot of the inherent issues even after two years of Early Access, most notably the performance.
DLC Release in Early Access
Believe it or not, the developers of Ark actually released DLC for the game for the steep price of $19.99 back in September 2016, when the game was arguably in a much worse condition than it currently is (the production cycle goes on quite slowly).
While it did offer a ton of new content which definitely kept the flare going for a little longer, it wasn’t a very user-considerate decision, especially for the price. It had also enraged the community to an extent as well.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Price Increase?
With the full release just around the corner and less than a year of early access, the game is rushing forward. While it may be rushing, their decision of full release may not be a bad thing, especially if they play their cards right.
First things first, we know that the game is being rushed to make room for the console release for the Xbox One as an “exclusive”, this puts pressure on the developers to complete the optimization and bring it towards an area where it has enough content to support the expanding player base.
For just $30, the game is actually much better (even though there is a lack of “content” at this point) than most other Early Access games, and (according to fans) “a much better option when compared to H1Z1: King of the Hill”.
Even though, the number of players for KotH is still quite higher. Though, they would drop down a lot more if battlegrounds were priced more modestly (not necessarily a good thing).
Current Top Player Count (Not including CS:GO and DotA 2):
|70,935||149,113||H1Z1: King of the Kill|
|53,864||100,426||Grand Theft Auto V|
|45,338||64,717||Team Fortress 2|
|34,661||60,543||ARK: Survival Evolved|
Reasons why Battlegrounds’ Price Will Not Hike
From the current development cycle and the general “attitude” of the developers, it is safe to say that the game will not be seeing a price hike to a full $60 in the full release version of the game. The current price is just right to keep hackers at bay (and some players too) but still low enough to bring more players towards the game.
The developers have an example of Ark in front of their eyes, and how the community is outraged with the insane pricing. No matter how good the pricing may be, the PC gaming community seems to go all in whenever there is an anti-consumer policy by a company. GTA V’s removal of Open IV was a great example that it doesn’t depend on how good a game is, it will still get pummeled by the community.
PUBG Full Release Date Delayed To Q4 2017
“Today I want to update everyone on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds progress through Early Access. The amount of support and feedback we have received from our community has been incredible. I want to thank you all for your bug reports, feedback and suggestions. As we continue to fix bugs, improve gameplay and add new content, it’s important to for us to deliver you a fully realized and polished Battle Royale experience as we look towards launch.
“Over the past few months I have done a lot of interviews, and in many of them, I said we hoped to be out of Early Access six months after we first launched. I’ve come to realize that restricting the window to a specific month could hinder us from delivering a fully featured game and/or lead to disappointment within the community if the launch deadline is not met.
“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.
“We will continue to push weekly and monthly updates until full launch as we want to ensure that the game we release is the best version possible. This is why we’re giving a launch window rather than an exact date. We hope this makes sense, and appreciate your understanding.
“As always, I want to thank you all for your continued support.”
While we knew that the ambitious jump was a bit too good to be true, we were excited nonetheless. Whatever the case may be, PUBG is still on the right track. For more updates, stay tuned.