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What time does PUBG 1.0 unlock?

You’re probably wondering what time PUBG 1.0 unlocks on Steam, when the game officially leaves Early Access, and Thumbsticks has the answer.

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PUBG 1.0 unlock times

You’re probably wondering what time PUBG 1.0 unlocks on Steam, when the game officially leaves Early Access, and Thumbsticks has the answer.

After what is possibly the shortest stint in Early Access ever – most games rumble on for a couple of years, at least – Bluehole are making good on their promise, that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will release in 2017.

Just.

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They’re also cutting it fine to say that PUBG 1.0 is releasing on its stated date of December 20th, 2017.

To be more precise, the PUBG 1.0 unlock time is at 07:00 GMT on Thursday, December 21st, 2017. If you’re in Tokyo, that’s 16:00, and if you’re in Sydney? That’s actually 18:00, on the evening of December 21st.

So how can we say that PUBG 1.0 is actually launching on the 20th of December, at all? Because 07:00 GMT on December 21st is 23:00 (11pm) PST on December 20th. Specifically, that’s 11pm in Washington state, where Valve – the owners of the Steam digital storefront – are based, and the time zone Steam generally works to.

Basically, anywhere west of Utah, but east of the international date line – that’s Nevada, California, Washington state, parts of Idaho and Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii in the US; British Columbia and the Yukon in Canada; and a handful of Pacific islands – gets to play PUBG 1.0 on December 20th as advertised. Anybody east of Nevada (and a few snippets of Idaho and Oregon) will actually be playing it on December 21st.

PUBG 1.0 unlock time zones

Note: All time zone lines are approximate and lazy, diagram for sarcastic illustrative purposes only

Yes, it’s a bit of a technicality, and for us Brits it’s one more sleep (sounds like we’re waiting for Christmas) but at least with PUBG 1.0 releasing before the end of the year, people can finally stop bickering about whether it can be included in game of the year discussions.

It can be.

And it absolutely is.


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