[Update: PUBG fans were promised a brand new map for the game and work on it is clearly well underway. Codenamed Savage, the new map as now entered a testing period for PC players. The game’s experimental server has gone live and will run until April 5.
If you already own the base game and want to get involved in testing, it’s possible to declare your interest on the official site. This is a smaller test and access keys have temporarily run out at the moment, however, Bluepoint has said it’s going to be conducting larger tests in the future so it’s probably worth signing up anyway for these future windows.]
When it comes to Battle Royale games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG for those already inducted into its action) is a name you need to know.
Over the past year the game has had a stratospheric rise, going from a Steam Early Access title to a full Xbox release, with a massive following on streaming services like Twitch and Mixer.
Available on PC and Xbox One, it’ll throw you into a 100 player death match in a constantly shrinking map where you or your team must fight to be the last alive. If you win you get to see the coveted “winner winner chicken dinner” appear on your screen. And you’ll undoubtedly screenshot it because it doesn’t appear often.
Bluepoint has been slower in updates recently due to its efforts to curb cheating in the game. However, it looks like the team is ready to get on with its 2018 roadmap and here you’ll find information on the latest additions to both the Xbox One and PC versions of the game as well as what’s planned for the future.
What’s the latest PUBG update for PC?
A Savage new map
PUBG fans were promised a brand new map for the game and work on it is clearly well underway. Codenamed Savage, the new map as now entered a testing period for PC players. The game’s experimental server has gone live and will run until April 5.
If you already own the base game and want to get involved in testing, it’s possible to declare your interest on the official site. This is a smaller test and access keys have temporarily run out at the moment, however, Bluepoint has said it’s going to be conducting larger tests in the future so it’s probably worth signing up anyway for these future windows.
Not a great deal is known about the map at the moment, other than that measuring in at 4×4, it’s the smallest to come to the game yet. This, the game’s creator says, should offer more intense and fast-paced matches than the traditional 8×8 maps.
PC update 7 is here
The most recent patch for PUBG on PC is a good deal more significant than its Xbox update, bringing in some brand new features as well as a handful of big fixes.
One of the more significant additions is a new emote system which sees 12 standard emotes added to the game: hello, go, yes, thank you, clap, laugh, surrender, rage, you’re done, no, provoke, and come here. There will be more in the future, but these are enough for basic communication at the moment.
There’s also now an in-game friends list which can be up to 50 players long. Regardless of which platform they’re playing on, players can be friends and as it’s a one-way system there’s no need to send requests. Conveniently there’s also now a main menu voice chat so that you can speak to your team while not actually in the game.
Outside of these new features there are also some quality of life improvements which should see reduced lag and a significant reduction in bugs.
What’s the latest PUBG update for Xbox One?
Xbox update 11 has now landed
Bluepoint is focusing on improving performance and stability on Xbox One at the moment so that’s exactly what you can expect from this update. Alongside standard bug fixes, there are improvements to graphical performance and vehicle framerates as well as fixes to improve crashes.
Inventory layout has been improved with a clearer button guide and tooltips as well as LT/RT fast scrolling. And there’s now a visible counter to show the number of players remaining on the airplane.
Can I play PUBG on mobile?
Worldwide iOS and Android launch
You sure can! PUBG is now available on iOS and Android completely free. This is, the developers say, a “perfect” recreation of the PC version of the game in terms of maps and features.
There are, however, naturally some mobile optimizations. You can expect auto pick-up, aim assist and touchscreen controls. Though there is voice chat.
To play PUBG on your mobile you need to be using at least iOS 9, which means being on an iPhone 5S or newer (though an iPhone 6 is recommended for the best performance. Android owners must be using 5.1.1 Lollipop or later and more than 500 Android devices support the game.
You’ll need 2GB of RAM to play the game while the download size is around 900 MB.
What’s coming to PUBG on PC?
Updates for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have slowed somewhat in recent months as a result of the development team’s focus on reducing instances of cheating in the game (the update for which has been held back). However, there are big plans for the game throughout 2018 which have been laid out in a March blog post.
Starting in March, Bluehole is planning to push out a major update every two months for PC, with each either changing systems or adding new content.
A brand new 4×4 map has launched on the game’s experimental test server. This new map is much smaller than any we’ve seen in PUBG before and it will have a higher player density and shorter match times. Bluepoint is promising that this will result in much faster and intense gameplay.
There’s also a slightly larger 8×8 map in the works though details on this are thinner on the ground.
Bluepoint has announced that Fortnite-style Event Modes will be coming to PUBG very soon. These limited-time special matches will be made available via an update.
The developer has said it’s keeping things simple with the first event which will be an eight-on-eight match with increased chance of picking up a rifle. It wasn’t kidding when it said simple. This is, however, necessary to test the basics of the mode and more matches will be explored over time.
There are also talks around brand new game modes (though these are still in their early stages) as well as new vehicles and weapons, many of which are planned for the first half of the year.
There will of course be continued stability improvements as well as ongoing efforts to curb cheating.
2018 will see Bluepoint building the foundations for an eSports league and a lot of work will be done on improving spectator experience.
Though the list of changes in the works are not exhaustive, they’re a good idea of the ambitious things to come.
What’s coming to PUBG on Xbox One?
The future for PUBG on Xbox One seems to be more focused on improving the quality of player experience because, as Bluepoint itself admits, the game’s performance on console is just not up to the standard it should be.
Console players can expect to see a patch released every two to three weeks which will focus on optimizing performance, UI, inventory UX, adding more personalized controller options and improving matchmaking.
Players can also expect to see those emotes that the PC version now has at some point down the line. But the biggest thing? The Miramar map will be coming to Xbox in early spring.
Xbox will also soon see Fortnite-style Event Mode. These limited-time special matches will be made available to all platforms via an update.
Bluepoint has said it’s keeping things simple with the first event which will be an eight-on-eight match with increased chance of picking up a rifle. It wasn’t kidding when it said simple. This is, however, necessary to test the basics of the mode and more matches will be explored over time.