Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Details Smaller Maps, Emotes for 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Details Smaller Maps, Emotes for 2018

"As with the smaller map coming to the Experimental Test Servers, we want to get this into your hands early in its development, so you can help us make the gameplay great on this new map". This time it appears that the source of inspiration was Fortnite Battle Royale.

Apart from that, the developer is planning on adding new Game Modes, new vehicles, and new weapons to bring some added variety. The cramped space will provide quicker matches with a more intense experience due to "a higher player density".

PUBG Corp. will offer new emotes throughout the year, but the testing of the emote wheel is the first step in adding this new system to the game.

Today's biggest announcement is a new four-kilometer by four-kilometer map expected to hit the game's test servers in April.

Other occasional tweaks being worked on throughout the year is an improvement in sound design, a focus on creating eSport tools, and implementation and expansion of Custom Games that will come later through the year. PUBG Corp. also wants to test limb and vehicle bullet penetration, as well as overhauling the entire animation system for both third-and first-person. In this respect, Bluehole noted "it is impossible to solve these problems once and for all, but our goal is to continuously improve in this regard".

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A longer 2-3 week cycle between patches is being touted, ensuring that PUBG Corp can consistently release "well tested improvements", optimisations, new content additions and more. Some of the 2018 features planned for PC will also be making the jump, with emotes and more player customisation options on the way.

"Seriously, we are not there yet, but we will be". 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. "We truly want to build a great foundation for Battle Royale esports, and while we have seen some great events already using our game, we have much work to do, especially with the observing side of things".

The addition of a second test server will give the development team more freedom to try unusual or risky ideas without disrupting the experience for players who want to seriously test new features or just play the standard version of the game.

PUBG also teasing new game modes for later in 2018, but doesn't go into detail about what those modes may entail. It's a good day for PUBG players.

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