PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been running through the early access program for just four months but its creator is already thinking about the future.
For those unaware, the game is based on previous mods that were developed by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene. This includes the popular Arma 2 mod that took on the battle royale genre, and was later licensed for H1Z1: King of the Kill. It was then that Greene decided to create his own game, one that he had creative freedom over; and that gave us PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Speaking with Game Informer in a recent interview, Greene expressed great interest in the survival genre. He particularly has great love for DayZ and has a fair idea for his own survival game.
I’ve wanted to make a survival game. I mean, I love DayZ and I love DayZ standalone, but I have my own idea for a survival game, and I just want to make a game I want to play. It’s why I started with battle royale. I’m hoping my next is a game that other people will want to play as well. You know, because of the success for this one, no pressure for it to be a success or anything.
However, does he have the time for it? PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is yet to escape early access. Fans would be hoping that Greene does not make the same mistake that Dean “Rocket” Hall did with DayZ. To curb such worries, Greene stated that Battlegrounds is more of a service than a one-off release. Bluehole Studio is committed to support the game for many years to come.
We’re not making a game, we’re creating this as a service, so this is something we hope to improve upon and keep building upon over the next five, ten years. This game to us is not just a game that we’re going to push out a full launch and stop working on. We want to go back to it in maybe a year’s time and look at doing like Erangel 2.0 with everything we’ve learned over the past year and just redoing the whole island to make it that little bit better and more polished.
To say that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become very popular would be an understatement. It recently passed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to become the second-most popular game on Steam in terms of peak concurrent players. It is now only behind Dota 2.