PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a standalone massive multiplayer online battle royal video game put out by Bluehole. For anyone who doesn’t know, you and 99 other players are literally dropped onto an island with nothing and have to try to survive. It quickly became one of the fastest growing Steam games in PC gaming, having earned over $11 million in just the first three days of its early access release. There are plans to expand to consoles like Xbox later this year, but right now it’s just for the PC.
The simplicity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or ‘PUBG‘ for short, is its biggest strength. It’s like the multiplayer mode of most other shooters, without all the fuss and muss of franchise characters. The upcoming changes to the game promise to raise the game from indie success story to a real online gaming contender with the big boys.
Not that we needed more reasons to keep gaming, but PUBG is only promises to get better. The developers at Bluehole are continuing to add new things and patch little problems all the time. They’ve announced they’re working on better balancing the timing and quantity of the weapon and armor drops. Currently, PUBG is primarily played in third person with the option to switch to first person in game. However, there are also plans to build and expand new servers that offer a first person shooter only game play. In a game of sneaking and survival, third person point of view can make a big difference so a first person only game would be a very different experience (I imagine a much more frightening one).
Every survivor in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds builds their own character and its wardrobe before they drop in. The options are somewhat limited compared to the massive customization options of most modern games and that is another one of the things that they look to change in the forthcoming updates. According to Forbes.com, they plan on expanding the choices of skin tone, faces and hair style; along with adding tattoo or clothing logo options. These are the types of changes that a game like this needs. It almost harkens back to old school simplistic game play of classic games while still offering the types of customization we’ve come to expect in modern gaming. Expanding the options while keeping the game play simple.