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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds update: Here’s what’s new and different

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One of the biggest hits on Steam is getting its first major patch.

Bluehole is updating Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, the studio’s Battle Royale-like online multiplayer game that has servers of 100 people fighting to the death. The patch will address a number of issues that are negatively affecting the unfinished game, which is out now $30 on Steam’s Early Access portal. Bluehole is also introducing a new submachine gun, bringing back the crossbow, and launching a test server.

Battlegrounds launched on Steam in March, and it shot immediately to the top of the sales charts on that platform. It is also among the most played releases on Valve’s PC gaming service. Today’s update serves as a way to advance through Early Access development, but it’s also a means of keeping the fan base engaged and coming back to see what’s new.

“This patch is the first of many to address performance, fix bugs, and add new content to the game,” Battlegrounds director Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene wrote in a blog post on the game’s official website. “I must stress that we will not be able to fix all performance issues with a single patch. For this patch, we focused on stabilizing performance for all users, trying to ensure there would be less FPS drops, and improve performance for those with lower spec systems. Optimizing the game will take us time, and will continue all through early access, so please have patience while we work to improve the game experience for all players.”

The performance issue is likely the biggest problem at the moment, so it’s great that the development team is hitting that first. This will ensure that more people can enjoy the game on less expensive rigs.

As for the rest of the changes in this patch, Greene included a detailed changelog, which you can read in full right here:

Client performance improvements

  • Made some improvements to address the issue of FPS drops when opening the inventory UI
  • Reduced the load on the CPU through instance rendering so that the GPUs can function to their full capabilities
  • Made improvements to address the issue of FPS severely dropping when in the vicinity of Yasnaya, Polyana & Georgopol
  • Rendering performance on PCs with minimum system requirements has been improved
  • Graphic performance and quality on PCs with minimum system requirements has been improved

Server performance improvements

  • Performance improvements have been made with relation to the items spawned in the world

Content updates

  • Added Vector SMG. A very powerful SMG most appropriate for short to mid-range combat that is spawned in the world
  • Added Motorbike w/ sidecar. A sidecar-less version will be added in a future update
  • Added a 2X Aimpoint scope
  • Added a Ballistic Mask
  • Added 3 new color variations for the Dacia
  • Added the crossbow back into the game

World

  • Adjusted the density of environmental elements to be identical across all graphic options
  • Adjusted object placement to address issues of characters getting stuck
  • Adjusted placement of trees that were spawning inside houses or above the terrain
  • Adjusted the frequency of thunder sound effects

UI

  • Revised certain system messages and item descriptions
  • Added descriptions for attachments
  • The dead team-mate icon will now disappear after a certain time and distance when in team modes
  • Map markers are now visible to all teammates
  • Names of teammates now appear on the world map

Gameplay

  • You are now able to move sideways and backwards in the REVIVE state
  • The REVIVE timer will no longer decrease when a team mate is attempting to revive you
  • When attempting to revive a team mate, the reviving timer icon will now also be visible to the player being revived
  • Adjusted the character position slightly when in the REVIVE state
  • Made improvements to address the issue of characters shaking while being spectated
  • You are now able to open the world map when spectating
  • You can now view the casting bar when the teammate you are spectating uses heal and/or boost items
  • You can no longer use heal and/or boost items when in water

Action/gunplay

  • Adjusted the overall balance on all attachments
  • Adjusted the overall balance on Assault Rifles
  • We will continue to balance all weapons and attachments throughout Early Access
  • Fixed the issue that caused cars to temporarily stop when their tires get shot out
  • You can now sprint when in the crouch stance
  • Fixed the issue of “Armed/Unarmed” state not being applied when there are delays in the server network
  • The blood hit effect size now varies according to the weapon caliber
  • You can now move when in aiming and/or scoping in the prone state
  • Fixed an issue with the sitting position of the character in the back-right seat of the UAZ
  • Fixed an issue with the position of the left hand when reloading the AWM
  • Fixed an issue where aiming from vehicles was not accurate
  • The positions of bullet hits are now the same for both yourself and the others
  • Fixed an issue that caused the hit box for the head to be slightly larger than the actual head
  • Adjusted the ragdoll physics for dead characters to be more natural
  • Fixed an issue that caused the character to use the wrong aim offset when using the freelook function while holding a grenade
  • Fixed an issue that caused the landing-from-a-high-altitude motion to seem awkward when holding a pistol
  • Improved the quality of zoomed-in scope views
  • Bolt actions are now triggered even after the final shot has been fired, so that you can starti re-firing as soon as reload is complete
  • Added swimming animations to go upwards and downwards
  • Fixed an issue that caused the reticle to appear even when in situations where you are not able to shoot
  • Your character now uses a different animation when in crouch stance while holding a melee weapon
  • Made improvements to the reload animations for the M249
  • Made improvements to the reload animations for the P1911
  • The muzzle flash is now brighter than before and is now visible from a longer distance

Sounds

  • There are now sound effect differences for supersonic and non-supersonic bullet speeds
  • Made adjustments so that the sound of the bullet flying through air doesn’t play when shots are fired from a short distance from your character
  • You can now figure out what floor the opponents are at just by listening to their footsteps
  • Adjusted the firing sound of the SKS in mid to long range combat
  • Adjusted the volume of the footsteps

Miscellaneous

  • We have opened a test server to better manage our content and secure stability for our live environment updates
  • Additional in-game texts have been localized

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused some buildings to not be visible at long distance
  • Fixed a bug that caused a knocked out player to be ejected in front of a vehicle. If knocked out in a vehicle, you will now be ejected to the side
  • Fixed a bug that caused weapons to clip through walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused the icons for certain “pants” items to not appear correctly
  • Fixed a bug that caused the PLAYERUNKNOWN shoes to not render properly
  • Fixed a bug that caused the hit effects to play at random
  • Fixed a bug that caused bald characters to have hair
  • Fixed a bug that caused disconnects after 5 minutes into a match
This post is part of the PC Gaming channel, presented by the Intel® Game Dev program.


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