A few months after it left beta, PUBG announces its 2018 update roadmap intended to improve the quality of gameplay for the battle royale shooter.
Information regarding the upcoming updates was posted on the game's official website. According to the published details, gamers can expect a steady flow of new content in the forthcoming months. Major changes are expected every two months as previously noted by the developers. Meanwhile, other updates will be included anytime in between the big ones.
Trial And Error
Brendan Greene, the game's lead designer and director, wanted players to know that the developer plans to test out the changes before it goes live. Player feedback is obviously important in order for an ongoing service to become successful in the long run.
Greene shared the development team's plan to add a test server for both developers and players to try out the changes. It would be a great way to spot bugs and balance issues in a controlled environment. Once the issues have been addressed, gamers can expect the upgrades to arrive on the official game servers shortly thereafter.
The 2018 roadmap for PUBG includes two new maps that are scheduled to undergo testing soon. As indicated before, players and their feedback will be taken into consideration in order to come up with the final product.
First off is a map that is smaller than the currently available one in-game. This is expected to increase the number of encounters due to the player density within a given area. It looks like the game studio acknowledges some of the complaints from gamers that matches sometimes feel too drawn out due to the size of the play area.
The succeeding map will go back to the default larger area and will go through the test servers first just like the one before it. An exact date for when the new maps will become available and will be announced at a later time.
Content And Animation
Several new features are also slated to arrive this year. A new emote system will soon become available when the test servers go live. New weapons and vehicles are also in the pipeline along with different game modes.
In the meantime, animations for certain actions in-game will also be overhauled within the year. The developers felt that the current 3D model movements for different situations need to be more realistic.
Sound And eSports
Just like any online game with a huge pool of players and immense popularity, PUBG aims to eventually enter into eSports. Therefore, the game studio plans to rework the shooter's replay system and possibly add a live spectator tool, which is intended for the commentators during a match.
Sound effects for various elements within the game world such as player movement, vehicle sounds, environmental noises, and more are subject to improvement as well. The game is currently available for the Xbox One and PC.