PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corporation revealed a roadmap today on planned updates that are coming to the game in 2018.
The biggest change is that updates will be coming on a more regular schedule, and players will be able to test upcoming features on the new Experimental Test Server. The studio will be using the server to seek more feedback from players on new maps to improved animation systems.
“This year we’re committing to a major content delivery cycle every two months, the first of which is planned for this month,” wrote creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene. “Each of these major updates will bring changes to specific systems and/or introduce new content. Smaller updates between the major ones will also continue throughout the year.”
The first piece of content players will be able to test is a new 4-by-4-kilometer map, which is half the size of the game’s other two maps. Greene described it as offering “a higher player density and shorter matches,” though another 8-by-8-kilometer map is currently in the planning stage coming sometime this year.
Another feature coming “very soon” is an emote system, complete with a wheel dial for multiple emotes. Other features briefly discussed in the post include achievements, new weapons and vehicles, a more realistic bullet penetration, more audio for vehicles and player movement, improved replay system and spectator mode for esports, and more.
Greene said the PUBG roadmap today was not the full list of new systems and concluded with, “There are other things we plan to introduce that we were not yet ready talk about, so stay tuned!”