PUBG Corporation has finally opened up about the 2018 roadmap for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. More than anything, it suggests the battle between PUBG and Fortnite is really beginning to heat up, each trying to one-up the other for the battle royale crown.
The biggest change coming to PUBG 2018 is undoubtedly a new 4x4km mini island map which will be deployed to the Experimental Test Server next month. At 16km², it’s less than ⅓ the size of the standard 7x8km Erangel map (56km²). It’s not quite as small as Fortnite’s island but it’s certainly getting there, and it’s being introduced in order to provide a “much more intense and faster paced Battle Royale experience.” That right there is PUBG scrambling to win over some of Fortnite’s 45-million-strong player base.
Aside from the map, PUBG Corp has outlined plans to deliver major content updates every two months, beginning with this month. Between these main updates, there are smaller patches, while work is also underway to improve PUBG’s visuals, such as the building below.
Next up on the Test Servers will be the Emote System. It does exactly what it says on the tin really, and no doubt there’ll be a range of new emotes to unlock through loot crates. From my experience, pointing and laughing at a downed enemy ends up with me dying about 50% of the time in Fortnite, so use at your peril in PUBG.
Also planned for PUBG are new game modes to freshen up the formula somewhat; new vehicles, weapons, and attachments; a new 8x8km map, achievements, in-game friends lists, squad voice chat, limb and vehicle bullet penetration, overhauled animation systems and improved parachuting. It’s a big list of changes then, and vital if PUBG Corp wants to make PUBG viable as an eSports, as it hopes to. There’s still a long, long way to go on that front, but expect plenty more improvements to be sprinkled throughout 2018.