Gamescom 2019: ‘PUBG’ To Recieve Console Crossplay
- Season 4: Aftermath coming to Playstation 4 8/27/2019.
- Console crossplay announced via Twitter and an official statement.
- Console crossplay testing begins late September.
At Gamescom 2019, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds began to pour on the announcements in a few different ways. First came a trailer running just shy of a minute, showing off the upcoming Season 4: Aftermath trailer. Players can experience 100+ new rewards, new items, weapons, and features during the coming update as well.
The more exciting news would be revealed in the form of the announcement that soon, Xbox One and Playstation 4 players will be able to face each other in the various battlegrounds of PUBG via console cross-play. In a lengthy video posted to the official PUBG twitter account, the ins and outs of this were elaborated on further.
Cross network play is coming to PUBG on consoles later this year! @Xbox and @PlayStation players will be able to play together from the same matchmaking pool. In the meantime, Erangel arrives on console August 27, so get ready to drop in: https://t.co/5Jsi3dyNqg pic.twitter.com/IqfDMgoWUi
— PUBG (@PUBG) August 19, 2019
There was also a lengthy statement from PUBG Corporation Community Manager, Cecilia Lee via Playstation.Blog;
Hey everyone. It has been quite a while since PUBG’s PlayStation launch back in December 2018, and while time has flown by, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes. Since launch, we have added a ton of exciting content to the game, including a new winter themed map, a new weapon progression system, and a new ledge grab mechanic among other things.
Today, we’re excited to tell you about our PUBG Season 4 update, coming to PlayStation 4 on 27th August. Season 4 may be our biggest update yet, with the arrival of the highly anticipated Erangel Visual Update and Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath.
This overhaul of our original map, Erangel, not only includes stunning visual enhancements, but also weapon and vehicle rebalancing across the board. Plus, we’ve added some hidden secrets that give hints into the history of Erangel, so be sure to explore your favorite hot drop locations to look for these clues. Most importantly, it’s still Erangel, and fans who have loved the map all this time should still feel right at home.
Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath will allow players to unlock over 100 Erangel-themed rewards as you level up. We’ve also added cooperative missions, which allow the community to work together towards goals and milestones. As you achieve these milestones together, new rewards are unlocked.
The Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath is available for 1,000 G-coin through in-game stores. Or you can get the special bundle, PUBG – Aftermath pack from PlayStation Store.
Last but certainly not least — we are thrilled to reveal that cross-platform play is coming to PUBG on consoles! This has been, hands down, the most requested feature since we launched on consoles and we’re so happy to finally provide this for our console community.
Our first goal with cross-platform play was for 100 players from both consoles to be able to play in the same match. Our second goal was to improve our matchmaking times, which we expect to be shorter for all of our console players due to the wider matchmaking pool. Shorter wait times and more enemies on the battlegrounds = more opportunities to earn those chicken dinners. WIN.
Cross-platform play between PlayStation and Xbox gamers will be available for testing on the Public Test Server (PTS) starting late September and will hit live servers in early October. Be sure to look out for further details and patch notes on our official website and forums!
There’s been no mention of console vs PC cross-play at this time.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds went largely unchallenged when it was first released into Steam Early Access in 2017, however as the popularity of the Battle Royale genre exploded, PUBG is now one of several dozen variants in the genre, sitting among the top three alongside Epic’s Fortnite and Activision’s Blackout mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Since its initial release, PUBG is now available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 and even has a mobile version.