PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was launched earlier this year in March. The title has been very well received, selling over 10 million copies and solidifying its position as one of the most played PC games available on the market right now. Microsoft also teamed up with the game’s developer to score timed-exclusivity for the Xbox One. Microsoft is now reportedly looking to extend this exclusivity agreement.
Microsoft confirmed at the E3 2017 gaming convention back in June that it had teamed up with Bluehole, the developer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, to get a timed-exclusive. This means that the title will be released for the Xbox One first before it lands on any other console.
However, Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft and Bluehole are talking about extending this exclusivity agreement. If they’re able to reach a deal, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds may not land on competing consoles like the PlayStation 4 for a longer period of time.
Timed-exclusive releases are normally three months or more. That’s what was expected from Battlegrounds on Xbox One as well, even though the exact timeframes were never confirmed. However, the report suggests that this exclusivity period for the Xbox One could be extended well into 2018.
Whether or not that ends up happening is a different matter. Neither Microsoft nor Bluehole has confirmed an extension to the timed-exclusive for Xbox One so far.