Start working those parachutes and figuring out a landing zone, because PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has finally arrived on the PlayStation 4.
To celebrate the game's PlayStation 4 release, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts produced a live-action trailer featuring Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell and Love, Simon's Nick Robinson (who worked with Vogt-Roberts on The Kings of Summer) as survivors in PUBG's infamously desolate and fiercely competitive apocalypse. Deadpool and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol's Rob Alonzo joins Vogt-Roberts in directing the stunts, while Oldboy and It's Chung-hoon Chung managed its cinematography.
Armed with only a frying pan and a few stolen guns, Mitchell fights off one battle-hungry survivor after another, whacking enemies on the head and flawlessly ricocheting bullets. Just like in the game, the map is home to 98 other players vying for the same hard-earned prize. Set to the music of The Contours ("Do You Love Me?") and dubbed "Pan-demonium," the film ends with Mitchell wielding dual pans and donning a riot protection helmet, casually saluting Robinson and engaging more enemies head on.
The bestselling multiplayer game was the most-played Microsoft exclusive of the past two years, but was one of the few battle royale titles that took ages to have a PS4 release. PUBG's creative director Brendan Greene — the eponymous PlayerUnknown — made it clear several months back that the game would stay a PC-exclusive, but this soon changed in light of recent developer bugs and widespread user complaints. PUBG Corporation made the official announcement only three weeks ago.
The PS4 version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds comes only a few months after rival game Fortnite's official PlayStation release. PUBG's tie-in mobile game by Tencent was released on iOS and Android only several months prior. All three maps from the original PC version — Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok — will be made available on the PlayStation 4.
Despite extensive security issues and various legal controversies, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has more than 50 million downloads on Xbox One and Steam, and attracts over 400 million players daily. The game has won numerous awards, including Mom's Spaghetti at the 2017 Steam Awards, Best Multiplayer Game at last year's Golden Joystick Awards, Breakthrough Game of the Year during last year's Esports Industry Awards, and Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay at this year's DICE Awards. It also broke several Guinness World Records, being the "most actively played video game on Steam." With PC servers infamously wracked with bugs and glitches, however, and not enough Xbox players to go around, console gamers have been waiting with bated breath for an official PlayStation port since 2017, which they are finally getting today.
Developed by PUBG Corporation, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds comes out today on the PlayStation 4. It's also available on Steam and Xbox One.