Bluehole Studio has released a new PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds patch that addresses one of the most annoying things about the Battle Royale-inspired multiplayer shooter, while also introducing new content to the game.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds recently hit a new milestone with 10 million copies sold, an achievement made even more impressive by the fact that the game is not even finished yet.
Goodbye, 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' AFK Farmers
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has had a meteoric rise in popularity, as evidenced by its feat of beating DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in terms of the number of concurrent Steam players. However, if there was one issue that would dampen the game's growth, it would be the presence of AFK farmers.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds AFK farmers join the queue for matches but do nothing once the round starts. These players are only interested in farming battle points, which can be used to purchase in-game items that can then be sold for real cash on the Steam marketplace.
The September update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, however, addresses the issue of AFK farmers. The developer has implemented rules that will prevent idle players from earning battle points, and while the system was not thoroughly explained, it should hopefully be enough to prevent AFK farmers from ruining the experience offered by the shooter.
'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' September Update
The solution to the AFK farmers problem is far from being the only purpose of the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds September update though.
One of the more significant contents of the September patch is that it adds a low probability for fog to envelop the map in matches. The fog, which will hinder the sight of players, will show up more often during games on the test server.
Bluehole has also added a new town for players to loot in the game's only map, located to the east of Stalber, the name of which has been confirmed by players as Kameshki. There is also a new weapon in the game, namely the Mini-14. The weapon uses sniper rifle attachments for both its muzzle and magazine slots, and could support all kinds of optic sight.
The changelog for the September update details all the other additions and adjustments that the patch applies to the game.
'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' New Map
Players datamined the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds September patch and discovered a layout of a desert map, which would become the second map available in the game.
There appears to be no water in the map, though the layout might not be the final one. There is also no indication on when the desert map will arrive to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.