PLAYERUNKNOWN Tops Steam Player Counts for a Non-Valve Game

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Is Adding These New Player Animations

Yesterday, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds reached it's highest all-time peak player count yet, and at 481,291, it's the highest peak for a non-Valve game on Steam.

So, it doesn't sound like Bluehole is backtracking on its plan to introduce paid cosmetics while PUBG is still in Early Access, but it's good to hear that it's reconsidering the kind of cosmetic system the finished game will have.

Bluehole's intention was originally to add this crate and key system after PUBG entered full release, but the developer decided that it needed testing before it was rolled out in the finished game. For those of you who are not gaming nuts this means that while you can buy and play the game it is still not considered a finished item. Or in other words to the community of the game "f*** you, we're doing it anyway".

The new feature, which will go live on August 3rd, will charge players $2.50 for a key that unlocks the Gamescom Invitational Crate. Today's update added two additional crates, called Survivor and Wanderer, which you can open for free. As it stands, players are now enjoying a game that is still rough around the edges in many spots and eagerly anticipating features for it that would seemingly have a higher priority than what is essentially further monetization of the player-base. As of right now, PlayerUnknow's Battlegrounds doesn't have microtransactions.

"I do understand your concerns about the system, but I feel testing for a sturdy economy on the Steam Marketplace is necessary at this stage and ultimately beneficial for the game", Greene continues.

What's astounding is that PUBG is still an early access title and has sold over 5 million copies.

"But still, I must admit that our messaging wasn't very clear, so I extend my honest apologies for the confusion caused", he said. The process of communicating our intentions precisely to our fans and communities should have been done in a more careful and prudent manner. The system is "purely optional" and those who opt in and opt out will remain on an even footing. As as you can see, all the games underneath GTA V are absolutely crushed when it comes to player count. For gameplay, you can now enter a game that only allows the first-person view mode for an extra layer of challenge (normally, you can switch between first- and third-person view throughout the match).

In addition, Greene also noted that the way cosmetics will be doled out at launch is still being discussed, and hinted at a system whereby players are able to get free cosmetics by playing. Currently, this limit is set to 6 crates per week, and you are free to trade them on the Steam Marketplace.

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