PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) just keeps getting better, and apparently more addictive. Having only days ago setting a concurrent user record (1.5 million) on Steam, where the game is available in Early Access form, PUBG has now set yet another one with 2.3 million players simultaneously logging in and playing the title. The game has become so popular that the team at Bluehole responsible for the game have spun off into their own company, called PUBG Corporation.
The new concurrent record is almost three times higher than the 877,000 concurrent users PUBG logged back in August. At that time, PUBG received a rather big update that brought first-person servers into the mix instead of the standard third-person view that the game was known for. Having a first-person perspective made the game more difficult for some, but also more popular, as the growing numbers indicate.
More updates are coming. PUBG Corp is working feverishly to release a new desert map that seems to be shaping up nicely so far.
PUBG's New Desert Map
"When I think of desert maps, I picture barren landscapes, wide open expanses, and not much else.... What I find instead is a sprawling battle arena crowded with desert trees, cacti, and a surprising number of buildings. It's immediately noticeable how much more variation there is to the terrain than in Erangel, PUBG's current map," explains PCGamer's Christopher Livingston, who recently had an opportunity to explore the unfinished map.
PUBG is also working on a vaulting and climbing system that will change the way players can navigate obstacles in the game. This is taking a bit longer than anticipated to roll out, though when it does finally arrive, there is some expectation that it could be a game changer.
"Like the map, PUBG's vaulting system is still in an unfinished state, but after just a few attempts at clambering and climbing it begins feeling extremely smooth and kinetic. Running into a church through the front door, I give the back door a miss and instead clamber onto the window ledge and hop out to the ground. Then I climb back in, and repeat the move a few more times," Livingston added.
This is all good stuff for players who game on a PC, but what about console gamers? Microsoft reiterated in a Twitter post this past summer that PUBG is headed to the Xbox One sometime "this holiday." Hopefully it arrives in time for the retail release of the Xbox One X, which comes out on November 7.
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