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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) is a Battle Royale game in which players are pitted against one another in a fight for survival released on March 23, 2017 for Steam. Roughly a year later, PUBG was released on Xbox One on September 4th, 2018 and later on December 7th, 2018 for the PlayStation 4. PUBG moved to a Free 2 Play model on January 12th, 2022.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) is a competitive survival shooter formally developed/published by Bluehole. PUBG is now being developed by PUBG Corp, a Bluehole subsidiary company [1] in cooperation with Brendan Greene (PLAYERUNKNOWN) as the Creative Director, PUBG is Greene's first standalone game.

Players are dropped into a wide, open area, and they must fight to the death - all while the battlefield shrinks, adding pressure to all in its grip. Use a variety of interesting weapons and vehicles amid the BATTLEGROUNDS. "Killing off another player cuts down on your competition, but it also offers up the opportunity to grab some loot. Your character can only carry around a limited amount of gear, so there are important questions to ask whenever you come across new items. Is it better to stick with your current 9mm pistol, or hold out hope that you'll be able to find ammo for a found 12 gauge shotgun?"

BATTLEGROUNDS is running on Unreal Engine 4, players take on the Battle Royale experience on one of four maps, each with different characteristics. BATTLEGROUNDS is a good balance between Arma 3 and H1Z1.

Background/back story?

BATTLEGROUNDS takes place on different islands (maps), but the main island for BATTLEGROUNDS is called Erangel. An abandoned Russian island where a military occupation was controlling the island. The military occupation tested chemical/biological experiments on the islands population, after a resistance attack on a biological facility, the island had to be abandoned.

Spawning into the game?

When you spawn, everyone in the game gets put in on a small island where you wait x amount of minutes to load into the game (here to make the players load into the game properly with all the assets, etc.). After the time limit is up during the starting area, you get teleported in a paradrop plane, you get flown over an area and then you get thrown out of a plane with a parachute. Once landed, loot spawns in different areas, it's based on the Arma 3 model, it's all random. The loot system is a lot more in-depth than H1Z1, so there will be more time spent farming for better weapons/attachments/armor, etc.

-- All weapons/items that are on the player or weapon itself don't take up inventory space in your backpack. You can have 1 grenade on your character, while any extra grenades you pick up take up space.


  • The map name Erangel is based off of PLAYERUNKNOWN's daughter name.
  • The Dacia sedan is based off of when PLAYERUNKNOWN watched Top Gear and they always talked about it. Small Top Gear reference/Easter Egg.
  • BikeMan's dad passed away, in honor of him on the side of Motorcycle w/ sidecar, it has the picture of his dad.
  • The designers that are behind the player customization are the those who did it in APB: Reloaded.
  • PUBG wasn't the first acronym they chose. It was originally called 'PUB' & 'PUGS.' But it was later on changed to PUBG due to the relation of 'PUB' that is common with Pub/bar related search results.
  • The saying Winner Winner Chicken Dinner shown for winners at the end of the match. It's featured from PLAYERUNKNOWN's early Battle Royale games/mods.[2]

-- For more Easter Eggs, head to Easter Eggs.


  1. Pre-Alpha (NDA) | June - September 2016
  2. Alpha (No NDA) | October - December 2016
  3. Closed Beta | February - March 2017 [3]
  4. Steam Early Access | March 23, 2017 [4]
  5. Xbox One Game Preview Release | December 12, 2017 [5]
  6. Full Release | December 21, 2017 Originally, the game was suppose to get out of EA in 6 months from March 23.
  7. Full Xbox One Release | September 4th, 2018
  8. PUBG Project Thai | September, 2018 [6]
  9. PS4 Release | December 7th, 2018
  10. PUBG Project Thai renamed to 'PUBG LITE.' | January 24th, 2019 [7]
  11. Google Stadia version of PUBG was released on April 28th, 2020.
  12. PUBG went Free 2 Play on January 12th, 2022. [8]

Note: The Xbox version was developed by a different studio located in Spain, not PUBG Corp located in Seoul [9]. They also had help from 'The Coalition' studio [10].


Type Artist Name Track preview
Main Menu Tom Salta Closed Beta
Main Menu Tom Salta Steam Early Access (#1)
Main Menu Tom Salta Steam Early Access (#2)
Main Menu Tom Salta Steam Early Access (#3)
Main Menu Tom Salta Official release
Main Menu N/A Vikendi update (Update #24)

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