Have you noticed the way the sound works in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has changed? If the answer to that question is yes, you're not alone.
When Treyarch announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's upcoming battle royale mode, it refused to say exactly how big the map would be, nor how many players would take part in a match.
Yesterday, developer PUBG Corp announced that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' second map, the desert-themed Miramar, would be leaving testing and launching on Xbox One next week, on Thursday May 24th.
Prior to full release, however, Miramar is undergoing one final round of public testing. Should you wish to get involved, test servers are now open and will remain so until Miramar shifts to the live servers on May 24th. What's more, there'll be no downtime to speak of, given that PUBG's public test servers will continue to host Miramar while live server maintenance is underway.
According to PUBG Corp, Battlegrounds' latest round of public testing on Xbox One supports play for Solos, Duos, and Squads, and isn't soley restricted to Miramar; it will also include the latest optimisations, tweaks, and bug fixes for original map Erangel.
What if you could tune directly into the last, most exciting moments of a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds match and skip all the boring preamble? Now you can, thanks to Twitch's new filtering options.
Gaming headset sales have skyrocketed - and it's down to the battle royale craze.
The phenomenal popularity of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has seen massive 185 per cent increase in revenue at Turtle Beach, which accounts for nearly 46 per cent of the gaming headset market share.
Turtle Beach boss Juergen Stark told Variety battle royale has fuelled a surge in popularity for his company's headsets - a surge so big it will spend more than $4m this quarter on air-freighting new stock into the US.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' still-in-development tropical map Sanhok can now be played by everyone on PC, thanks to a new public test server, and its arrival brings a special Sanhok-specific feature: the ability to pelt your opponents with apples while in the pre-match lobby.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds reopens the doors to its third map this week for another round of testing. Previously known as Codename: Savage, it has now been given a final name: Sanhok.
The ability to trade in-game items between players has been switched off in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for the foreseeable future - to stop the sale of these items using third-party sites.
PUBG developer Bluehole has confirmed that 15 people suspected of developing hacking/cheating software have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation with "multiple partners and judicial authorities" in China.
"As you all now know," Bluehole wrote in a recent post on Steam, "we've been doing everything possible to root out cheating from PUBG. The ultimate goal is to create an environment for players that's completely safe from hackers and cheaters."
To that end, it said, "We've upgraded our security measures, improved our anti-cheat solutions, and recently even added a new anti-cheat solution on top of all that.
Bluehole's newly invigorated development streak continues today with a sizeable new update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC, bringing Miramar improvements, a map selection option, major balancing, as well as new weapons, vehicles, attachments, and more.
Update #12, to give the newest patch its official name, is still at the tweaking stage, and only available on PUBG's test servers right now. It's positively heaving with stuff, all ripe for community feedback at this current stage, but its most crowd-pleasing addition will likely be the ability to select a specific map to play.
PUBG's new menu UI option enables players to choose either a single map - guaranteeing that it will be their destination - or multiple maps which the game will then randomly select from during matchmaking. Unsurprisingly, only Erangel and Miramar are currently available, but there's space for PUBG's new tropical-themed map when it arrives later this year.
Miramar, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' desert-themed map, will be playable on Xbox One this week, developer Bluehole has announced.
Metal Rain, developer Bluehole's latest limited-time event for PlayUnknown's Battlegrounds, is now underway on PC.
The Netherlands has determined some loot boxes are gambling - and warned video game publishers to modify their loot boxes to remove "addiction-sensitive" elements before mid-June.
Ever since the launch of PUBG's second map, players have called for the ability to pick where they play - the original Erangel, or the new Miramar.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' new tropical-themed Savage map will soon receive a complex underground cave system that players will be able to parachute straight into at the start of match, developer Bluehole has revealed.
Developer Bluehole's second round of testing for Codename Savage, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' new tropical-themed map, is about to get underway, and it brings a number of notable changes to the experience.
War, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' latest limited-time Event Mode, is now live on PC, offering a team-deathmatch focussed alternative to the usual Battle Royale formula.
Developer Bluehole has announced that PUBG's third map, codenamed Savage, will enter its second round of testing next week, and that beta key sign-ups will re-open this Saturday for PC players wanting to get involved.
Developer Bluehole has announced that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' desert-themed Miramar map will be heading to Xbox One "before the end of April".
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp has filed a lawsuit against publisher NetEase, accusing the company of copyright infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair business competition in regard to two of its mobile titles - Rules of Survival and Knives Out.
PUBG's rapid-fire announcements continue: a Deathmatch game mode is now available, but the catch is it's only available in Custom games for now.
PUBG developer Bluehole has published a flurry of announcements over the past few days, with the headline addition being Update 9's new kind of spectator mode, which will let you watch the player who killed you as they carry on through the match.
The obvious inspiration, of course, is fellow battle royale rival Fortnite, which has had the same feature since they implemented their own take on the 100-player free-for-all last year.
It's proven popular amongst Fortnite players, with the system a great fit for the genre - in the same way as PUBG's own, esports-style replay system has been great for showing up all the near-misses you never knew existed - but it'll be interesting to see how PUBG's generally Fortnite-averse playerbase takes it.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has received its latest test server update, introducing new weapon skins and accompanying loot crates, as well as bringing the news that developer Bluehole is "considering" region-locked servers.
A first look at PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' upcoming 4x4 map was revealed at this year's Game Development Conference.
In the ongoing war within the Battle Royale genre, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is firing back at Fornite Battle Royale.
"PUBG Xbox One performance still isn't good enough", Digital Foundry recently declared, but the first of the 'we will fix it I promise' patches is here.
PUBG Xbox Patch 11 ought to have just finished rolling out. It focuses on improving performance and stability, naturally, plus makes a few inventory changes to speed up equipment swapping. There's a counter showing the number of players remaining on the plane now as well. The full patch notes are below.
When PUBG developer Bluehole announced the Xbox Game Preview spring roadmap of changes it readily admitted performance wasn't good enough. "To put it bluntly, we are simply not satisfied with the game's current console performance," it said. "Especially so during tense moments of onscreen action." So Bluehole is taking action.
It's patch day for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC - a game Valve recently said was the third best selling title in history on Steam!
The big new additions are an emote system, which no multiplayer game should ever be without, and a friends list. Friends! Just imagine... However there's still no sign of the anti-cheat update the PUBG team rolled back on Saturday.
In the patch-gone-live there are 12 default emotes, and more will come. The standard lot are: go, hello, affirmative, thanks, clap, laugh, surender, rage, you're done, negative, provoke, and come here. All you need for a nuanced conversation, in other words, although no dance. You call up emotes by pressing the tilde key and using a radial menu.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds creator Bluehole has finally unveiled its long-awaited development roadmap for 2018. It's a big 'un too, promising everything from visual improvements to gameplay additions, including a new map, emotes, and more.
The planet-conquering PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will get its third in-game map within the first half of this year - AKA, before the end of June.
Chinese PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' publisher Tencent has released its previously announced Battlegrounds mobile games, and they both look impressively close to offering the full-fat battle royale experience seen on Xbox One and PC.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has offered more insight into its plans to tackle cheaters, and shared further details on its new anti-cheat measures - which launched on the game's test servers in a recent update and will go live for all PC players next week.
Speaking in a new Steam Community blog post, Dohyung Lee, Bluehole's head of service management & anti-cheat, reaffirmed the developer's stance on cheating, and explained the measures it's currently taking to prevent it.
"'Play Fair and Respect Other Players' is a principle around which our game is built," said Lee, "To get the full Battle Royale experience, all 100 players must play fair. This is why we have been following the above principle of fair play and respect for others since the first pre-alpha test in July 2016. "
Developer Bluehole has released a new update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC, this one aiming to improve the divisive play experience of the game's recently released desert map, as well as offering enhancements to its new anti-cheat system.
Battlegrounds' desert map, also known as Miramar, now features more off-road routes for easier vehicle navigation, changes to item spawning in certain areas for better loot balance, and additional buildings and cover across the map - all designed, says Bluehole in its latest patch notes, "to improve the engagement experience".
Many players in the Battlegrounds community have expressed dissatisfaction with Miramar and have, in the absence of an in-game map selection option (although one is apparently incoming), taken it upon themselves to find ways to remove it from play - ranging from manually deleting the relevant game files to deploying tools that automate the process.
Today brings another update to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One - this one themed around vehicles. In short, it's now a lot better to be on foot.
Weapon damage to vehicles has been increased, and "significantly" increased if you manage to get a shot in on a vehicle's tyres. Grenade damage to vehicles has also been buffed.
Alongside these changes, you'll take slightly less damage if you get rammed by a vehicle. Finally, for those behind the wheel, you'll take more damage if you crash into objects or other cars/buggies. The full patch notes can be found over on reddit.
The Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has passed four million players.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is making changes to its delightfully chaotic pre-match meet-ups in an effort to improve performance and reduce the strain on its servers.
Forget aim-bots and wall-hacks, cheaters have discovered new, equally unscrupulous ways to annoy legitimate competitors in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds test servers are getting a series of tweaks to adjust the game's infamous blue zone - the electrical field of death which constricts play space.
In one month, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - you might have heard of it - has amassed 3 million players on Xbox One. This doesn't equate exactly to sales (as many of you have pointed out - my apologies) as multiple accounts can access a game on an Xbox One. PUBG raced to 1 million players in 48 hours on Xbox One.
Forget the silly patch notes - there are new PUBG costumes in town (on the PC test server)! Now you can dress up like a Biker or a Desperado!
There's a new Xbox One patch for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds which targets small improvements to the game's frame count and adds an aim acceleration slider.
Other changes include a buff to weapon damage when firing on vehicles, and other unnamed PhysX and VFX enhancements.
The defining word of the patch notes is "incremental" - the description developer Bluehole used to describe many of the changes. This is not a patch which will fix all of PUBG's problems, but another step on the long road to the game reaching a state where it can leave Xbox's Game Preview programme.
Microsoft has pulled a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds advert after a fan complained the company had copied their art.
UPDATE 2PM: Despite months of testing, the combined excitement of everyone trying to log into PUBG has melted the servers. PC servers in all regions are down. The team is doing what it can but for the moment you'll have to, I don't know, go Christmas shopping for a couple of hours instead.
ORIGINAL STORY 11.30AM: A speedy nine months after arriving on Steam Early Access, this year's multiplayer smash hit - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG - has launched. Our PUBG review went up this morning in case you missed it.
Full patch notes for the PUBG version 1.0 update, which introduces the new desert Miramar map, can be found on Steam (they're too lengthy to post here). To celebrate the occasion, everyone will receive a free Winner Winner Chicken Dinner t-shirt in the game when they log in.
A 4.7GB patch has been put out for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One.
The most notable difference will probably be to visuals and performance, after what's described as a "first pass" at them. These were areas Digital Foundry noticed PUBG struggling on Xbox One - and X.
But there are many other incidental fixes besides, all listed below.
Fancy 3D replays will be a part of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' glitzy 1.0 release this week, on Wednesday 20th December.
People are already playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One. You can, too.
Over the weekend, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds fans discovered a surprising change to the game's female character model: suddenly, it had camel toe.
Developer Bluehole has shown off the first in-game footage of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' long-teased and hugely anticipated new desert map.
After months of teasing, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has finally named its upcoming desert map and detailed some its various locales.
Chinese tech giant Tencent announced last week it had won the exclusive rights to publish and distribute PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in China. Now, wasting no time with the hot commodity, it has announced plans to port the game to mobile platforms in China.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been undergoing a lot of changes recently as developer Bluehole prepares for the release of PC version 1.0 and an Xbox One release. While features such as vaulting, killcam and improved physics are being tested on the game's PTR, a release date still hasn't been confirmed for version 1.0 and the highly anticipated new desert map.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer Bluehole is continuing to fill in the blanks of the game's long-awaited, and hugely anticipated, desert map.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' 1.0 update - that's the one with the long-promised vaulting and climbing - is out now on test servers, and dataminers have uncovered new details, including an updated desert map and a few new vehicles, within.
Battlegrounds' version 1.0 hit PC test servers earlier today, following a several-week delay, and its arrival has given eager dataminers the chance to poke around its innards in a bid to unearth previously undisclosed information - and that's precisely what they've done.
Top of the list of discoveries is an updated look at Battlegrounds' forthcoming, and highly anticipated desert map. It's the second time that a work-in-progress version of the map has been located and dissected by dataminers, but this new version offers a presumably more up-to-date - if not near-complete - look at its design.
Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene has offered another look at Battlegrounds' upcoming desert map. And it's not just a bunch of sand!
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has now sold over 20 million copies, creative director Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene has revealed on Twitter.
The team behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has apologised for "the inconvenience caused by the cheaters" and assured fans of the hot Battle Royale title the "development team is doing their best to detect and ban those who use cheats in a more proactive manner".
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' latest patch will increase the amount of damage players take from the blue zone.
According to the development team's patch notes, the new update, currently on test servers and due to go live next week, increases the blue zone DOT (damage over time) and resolves a bug where bullets would sometimes ignore armour.
"We have received a lot of feedback asking for improvement of the blue zone," the team wrote. "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."
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been experiencing a lot of server and connection issues recently. Players have been struggling with matchmaking, logging in, long queue times and crashes, but developer Bluehole has now apologised for the problems and assured players it is working on improvements.
The developer of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has hit out at Epic's Fortnite for "replicating" its game.
In an eyebrow-raising press release, Bluehole exec Chang Han Kim slammed Fortnite's new Battle Royale mode for its similarities to PUBG. Kim said his studio was "concerned" and - ominously - stated it would "contemplate further action".
It's a surprising position to take; despite Battlegrounds' huge popularity, it is far from the first game to offer Battle Royale-inspired gameplay. It's not even the first competitor from a major publisher - GTA Online recently launched its own take, for example.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will now ban players who edit game files to gain an unfair advantage.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has had more people play it at once than any other game in Steam history.
The developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have now banned over 150,000 cheaters from the game, according to Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene.
PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds rolled out its latest patch to test servers yesterday and already someone has datamined the new desert mini-map.
Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has apologised for using a racial slur during a recent livestream.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds latest patch is now available for test servers and is expected to roll out to live servers later this week.
The game's September update blog details some pretty interesting new features including a foggy weather effect, the new town called Kameshki, and a fresh semi-automatic marksman rifle, the Mini-14.
Foggy weather looks like it will make gameplay more intense, with players having reduced vision - making stealth paramount. Other notable changes include Tommy Guns moving from being solely found in care packages to being world spawn weapons, and measures to stop AFK farming.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has passed one million concurrent Steam Players.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold an incredible 10 million copies in under six months.
Brendan Greene has confirmed that the upcoming desert map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be 8x8 km in size - equal to that of the original Erangel map.
While it was previously announced that the desert map would be a quarter of that size, measuring only 4x4 km, Brendan told me during an interview at Gamescom that "For 100 players an 8x8 just makes more sense and it gives more flexibility when we move onto custom games and things like that."
You can listen to Brendan talk more about the new desert map in the video below where I quiz him about such things as new vehicles, new buildings and that controversial Microsoft partnership.
After four days of players battling it out for a share of a $350,000 prize pool, the Gamescom PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Invitational is over.
Crazes come and go on Steam but few games ever get close to unseating Dota 2 at the top of the concurrent-players table - until now. After days of threatening it, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has had more players than Dota 2.
Gamescom 2017 is drawing to a close. Games have been played, the hangovers have started and the cosplayers are shifting into their formal mortal selves. It's been an interesting week for Europe's largest gaming event, so it's no surprise the world's hottest developer, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, was there dropping teasers on what's happening with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - and he sure dropped a bomb.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold over eight million copies and has an all-time peak player count of 700,000 players.
The team behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has announced changes to the game's patch and update schedule.
In a Steam community post, the developers announced previously scheduled weekly or monthly patches will now be rolled-out less often until the official release of the game.
"We've found internally that being rushed to finish certain features, and having shorter QA test time between pushing updates caused more issues than it solved in regards to maintaining a high standard of quality," the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds team wrote. "We want to put our best content out, and ensure that everything we do is making the game more enjoyable with every update."
The people behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds first announced it would add vaulting animations to the game back at E3 in June. Now, developer Bluehole has offered an update on how it's progressing.
You can now play on first-person servers in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds group games.
A cosmetic item for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is selling for over £300 on the Steam Marketplace.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has pushed a hotfix live which counteracts the lag issues many players have faced since yesterday's update.
Players who logged on to the game yesterday may have noticed a number of problems including a severe server lag, connection delays, audio and first-person server issues.
Writing on the game's official Twitter, the team behind Battlegrounds announced the issues should now have been fixed, just over 24 hours after the update was implemented.
There are many age-old debates. Does pineapple belong on pizza? How do you pronounce gif? Star Trek or Star Wars? Well, now we have a new one to add to the list - what is the blue zone in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?
Today's big update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds includes an immediately-visible change to the game's main menu: a big box linking to the game's Rules of Conduct.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' latest monthly update is live and is pretty hefty.
The latest update is 5.3GB of much needed bug fixes and additional content. But perhaps the most exciting part of this update is the new first-person servers.
As well as the the changes laid out by PlayerUnknown in the latest patch notes, there are two additional updates. The first is an added animation when using the drag and drop with inventory. This is a visual addition and does not affect the speed of looting. The second additional update is a slightly decreased delay time when looting items with the F key. A welcome change.
PlayerUnknown has defended Battlegrounds' controversial new crate and key system.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds now holds the record for the highest peak player count of any non-Valve game on Steam.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds fans are unhappy with the game's upcoming key and crate system.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds introduces paid cosmetics in its next monthly update.
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is getting a first-person only mode.
The objective of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is to kill everyone else, so you are the last man (or woman) standing. However, when streamer DooM49 gathered an enormous team of 50 players together for an "epic 50 man madness" stream they showed that friendship can exist in the wasteland of battle royales.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds could be getting a whole new range of items and skins.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds full launch date has been pushed back to the end of 2017.
Writing on Steam, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene announced the full launch was being pushed back from its initial six-month time-frame, which would have meant a September release.
"Over the past few months I have done a lot of interviews, and in many of them, I said we hoped to be out of Early Access six months after we first launched," he said. "I've come to realise that restricting the window to a specific month could hinder us from delivering a fully featured game and/or lead to disappointment within the community if the launch deadline is not met."
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has posted preview images of its new desert map and there's one key addition that has fans excited - a bike.
The company behind Steam phenomenon PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has announced cross-platform play is under consideration, but this has sparked a debate over whether it's possible to achieve the balance between PC and console play competitive players demand.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is about to receive a huge update that will bring changes to the way loot spawns.
Due to a bug in the game, some items were spawning more or less frequently than intended. The new patch aims to balance this, as well as improving the system overall. However, writing on Steam Community, developer Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene explained this patch is only a "first real pass" at adjusting the loot balance in the game.
"We will most likely be making several more of these passes during the course of Early Access, so please don't take this week's upcoming change to the balance as final!"
Battle Royale shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has amassed a stellar $100m in revenue since its Steam Early Access launch on 23rd March, developer Bluehole has announced.
Popular survival shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a new competitive mode where some players are zombies trying to infect the last surviving humans.
The immensely popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One exclusively this year. Whether it's a timed console exclusive or a full-on exclusive isn't clear.
Creator Brendan Greene announced the Xbox One version on Microsoft's E3 conference stage. He said there would be enhancements for the Xbox One X (formerly Scorpio) version, too.
Ian met PlayerUnknown's Brendan Greene earlier this year. The 41-year-old's life was turned upside down by an influx of millions of dollars in sales in mere days.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold 1m copies on Steam Early Access, developer Bluehole Studio has announced.
That's very impressive for a relatively small budget game that's only been available for 16 days and is still in beta.
Even more impressive is that the game came from humble beginnings. The titular PlayerUnknown, whose real name is Brendan Greene, built up a reputation through making free mods. Oft cited as the creator of the Battle Royale genre (named after the Japanese cult classic film about a last-man-standing battle to the death involving teenagers, made several years prior to The Hunger Games), Green first entered the scene making a competitive survival mod for DayZ, which was in and of itself a mod of Arma 2.