PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an immensely popular title. Amassing tens of millions of players across PC and Xbox One, the Battle Royale phenomenon has shown little signs of slowing since its initial March 2017 release.
Such a big audience means there is always plenty of news surrounding PUBG. Whether it concerns new updates, maps, balance changes or anything under the sun, we at Trusted Reviews have it covered.
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PUBG Update – What are the latest changes?
The March update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now live on PC, and brings with it a host of new fixes and balance changes.
Primarily, Bluehole has focused on mitigating performance and connection issues when players are pushed closer together toward the end of a match.
Bluehole briefly mentions in its latest blog post that it still plans to introduce the new ‘limb and vehicle penetration’ system in an upcoming update, although no date has been mentioned yet.
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PUBG Corp has also outlined its 2018 Roadmap which details the cycle of content it hopes to produce in the coming months. This begins with an all new map set to arrive in experimental test servers next month. You can find an image of it below:
This smaller battleground aims to provide a ‘faster-paced Battle Royale experience’ with higher player density and a shorter match duration. In addition to this, Bluehole has detailed an abundance of features it plans to implement into PUBG moving forward:
- Emote System
- Limb and vehicle bullet penetration system
- Achievements and squad voice chat
- New vehicles and weapons
- New game modes and custom lobby support
PUBG Maps – When is the next one coming?
Bluehole announced in its latest Steam update that the next map for PUBG on PC will be coming in the first half of 2018. A more comprehensive development roadmap will be shared in March which should shine a light on the map and additional upcoming features.
“In March, the team will reveal what you can expect from us in the first half of 2018 in terms of our development and new content plans which, by the way, include a new map,” the studio said in a blog post.
This will follow in the footsteps of PUBG’s two existing maps – Erangel and Miramar. They are both massive playgrounds but the addition of a third would be more than welcome.
At the time of writing, only Erangel is available on the Xbox One version of PUBG. Bluehole is yet to confirm when we can expect Miramar to drop for console players, although it’ll likely be after further improvements are made to the overall experience.
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PUBG Platforms – What can I play it on?
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is currently available to purchase on PC and Xbox One. The latter is available through the console’s preview programme so be mindful that the game is will continue to undergo patches and improvements and is not a final build.
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Bluehole has said in the past that PUBG will eventually come to PS4, although has no concrete plans in motion at the moment. Speaking to InvenGlobal, PUBG Corp CEO Chang Han Kim said, “if we have the opportunity, the final goal would be to launch the title on every platform.”
“I’d like PUBG to become a universal media franchise based on the game. We want to take part in diverse industries including eSports, movies, drama, cartoons, animation, and more. In fact, we received a couple of lovely calls from a number of developers in Hollywood and Netflix. Our dream is to build a new game-based culture through various ways like this, and have the lead of that culture.”
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PUBG Mobile – What is it?
PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield is an official adaptation of Bluehole’s Battle Royale blockbuster that’s only available to download in China right now. It’s surprisingly faithful to the PC version, complete with similar UI, mechanics and you’re still chasing that chicken dinner at every turn.
Of course, some visual compromises have been made and the upgrade path for your in-game avatar has been altered slightly and now comes with far more customization options. PUBG Corp is yet to announce whether it will see an international release, although you can play it right now by following an online tutorial.
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PUBG Player Count – How many people are playing?
According to SteamSpy, Over 30 million players have purchased PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on PC and it continues to hold the record for most concurrent players at any given time. Last month marked the first monthly period where the overall install base didn’t increase, although this sort of plateau was to be expected.
Over on Xbox One, the hugely popular Battle Royale title has now surpassed 4 million players despite only launching in preview form during December 2017. Console owners are hungry for chicken dinner, that much is clear.
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