PUBG Gamers, A New More Lethal Blue Zone Awaits Your Arrival This Week

Developer Bluehole Studio is giving PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUGB) players a heads up that camping outside the main play area will soon come at a heavier cost. With an upcoming patch, players who wander outside of the main play area and find themselves in the so-called "blue zone" will see their health drain more quickly than before, as Blue Studio gets ready to dial up the "Damage over Time" (DOT).

"We have received a lot of feedback asking for improvement of the blue zone. We have decided to adjust the blue zone damage to encourage engagement inside of the play zone. From this new update, you will be able to focus more on the immediate, close-ranged skirmishes inside the play zone, instead of dealing with enemies outside of the play zone during the mid to late phases of the game," Bluehole Studio said.


One of the common tactics in PUBG is to stock up on healing items and ammunition while camping at the edge of the blue zone, then opening fire on opponents as they make a mad dash for the shrinking play area. While players in the blue zone lose health over time, the use of healing items mitigates the effect, helping to make this a popular tactic. It is also an annoying one, based on customer feedback.

With the upcoming change, the amount of damage inflicted to players in the blue zone will presumably outpace the amount of healing that can be done, thereby discouraging players from avoiding the main play area. How it ultimately works out remains to be seen, but in theory it should quicken the pace of battles and make the action more intense, especially later in the game.

The change will be rolled out to test servers en route to the Early Access game's 1.0 release in November. It will be included with other elements, such as various bug fixes and a vaulting and climbing feature that is being billed as the patch's main content.

"We plan to run the test servers at least three times before the official launch. However, the announcements for what is being implemented into the test servers may be delayed and often published on short notice. This is because we are constantly trying to implement and fix as many things as possible, and we want to make sure that our announcements to the community are as accurate as they can be," Bluehole Studio added.

More and more players have jumped on the Early Access title as the game heads towards completion. It has set numerous concurrent user records, the most of which saw the game hosting 2.3 million players at the same time. PUBG has become so popular in a short amount of time that the team responsible for its development was spun off into a separate company called PUGB Corporation.