You might have seen it being called Battlegrounds, PUBG, or Plunkbat. You might have seen montages and videos of people’s chicken dinners. You might have seen it has had 1.5 million concurrent players. You might have even heard about the winner winner, chicken dinners that arise from it. Given an unwieldy name and a speedy rise to fame, we’re here to explain what on earth PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is.
What is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?
While the full title is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, most people call it PUBG, because it’s not quite a title that rolls off the tongue. As of writing, it’s an Early Access title on Steam for PC – an unfinished game that you can buy and play before release.
The game itself is a take on the Battle Royale (or H1Z1: King of the Kill, or The Hunger Games) concept – a number of people are released onto an island, last person standing wins. To do that, you’ve got to find weapons, kill people you see, and avoid danger. It started life as a mod for Arma 2, where PlayerUnknown himself (who has the much more sensible name of Brendan Greene) was creating what he wanted to be the definitive Battle Royale experience. He then co-developed H1Z1: King of the Kill, a similar concept for the zombie survival game H1Z1, before moving to Bluehole Inc to work on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.