PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds won’t be getting a single-player story mode. Despite the game’s creator, Brendan Greene, having previously stated that he’d have liked to explore a single-player campaign, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
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In an interview with Greene at PAX Australia today, he told Gamespot that while there was lore behind PUBG’s world, much of it was intended to provide context for the game’s designers. But that lore did feed a desire to create a single player campaign further down the road. Green says “because of the lore of the island, there was an idea that I had for what I thoguht would be a pretty cool single-player.”
But the stress that PUBG’s meteoric rise has placed on its developers means that’s not going to happen; “we have no resources, we have no time. We have no plans to add anything like this to the game. No, no single-player is coming to Battlegrounds.”
It could be that PUBG ends up with something similar to The Long Dark, which went through a long period of Early Access before its single-player mode was added recently. After all, Greene went on to say that “maybe some way” he would explore the lore further.