"PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" is a game that exploded in popularity in 2017. It's currently available only on PC, but it's coming to the Xbox One exclusively this year.
The game is essentially a third-person multiplayer shooter. The twist is that it's a 1-vs-100 death match on a massive, deserted island. And everyone starts unarmed, by parachuting onto the island from a nightmarish plane. When and where you choose to leap out is the first choice you'll make of many. Let's say another player lands near you in a town.
Here's how that might play out:
-You both land around the same time, see each other, and head toward separate buildings.
-Maybe your building has a good weapon, or maybe it has a police vest for protection. Maybe it has nothing.
-But what about that other player? You've lost them, and they could have a killer weapon. Do you head out to another nearby building, hoping they aren't in the same one? Do you wait near a window, keeping an eye on the building they're in, waiting for them to leave? Do you take off running toward another nearby town, hoping for better supplies?
This is the central tension of "Battlegrounds," and it starts immediately. The game is such a hit because it's incredibly good. It so good that it's fun to just watch this game, and I strongly encourage you to. It's one of the top 10 most-watched games on Twitch every month. That's why it's such a big deal that it's coming to Xbox One exclusively.
Read more about "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" right here.
Dave Smith contributed to a previous version of this piece.