PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Announces Ping-Based Matchmaking, Teases New Map

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to get third map within the next four months

This includes the launch of the game's third map, which is now due at some point before the second half of 2018.

The blog post also outlines a number of hotfixes and technical changes coming to PUBG, and you can check out the whole list of updates arriving with the oncoming patch right here. The goal is to improve overall play experience for the community "by splitting the matching pool rather than by restricting connection depending on ping". The team will be trying ping-based matchmaking to help improve the "gameplay environment".

Writing on Steam, the development team said that it mostly comes down to anti-cheat efforts needing to take priority over "some of the major features and systems" that are planned for PUBG.

Cheating has become a massive problem in PUBG, so much so that BattleEye, the game's current anti-cheat client, has reported that it has banned more than 2.5 million players through the end of January with that rate increasing throughout February.

In a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds update, vehicles have been nerfed, and various improvements and bug fixes have been made. According to the developers, those "users with the lower pings will be prioritized during matchmaking".

"Unlike the method considered earlier, we are going to divide the matching pool depending on ping". The biggest change is that you will no longer be able to see other players on the plane before you jump. The first trials for this, which could prove pretty terminal for those playing in regions other than their own, will begin this week.

Writing in a blog post on its website, PUBG Corp - the studio now actively working on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for both PC and Xbox One - outlined a brief overview for its plans over the next few months of this year. "Specific dates will be shared when ready".

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