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It was bound to happen. Cracks began showing in PUBG’s consistent updates when the July update slipped to August. Today, the team at Bluehole says they are making changes to the patch and update schedule “to improve how we work on the game, as well as set realistic expectations for players.”
The post announcing the changes goes on to talk about how the devs felt rushed to release features in the wild and the short timeframe between patches led to more issues. Yeah, deploying on the test server one day before live servers probably isn’t the best idea.
“We want to put our best content out, and ensure that everything we do is making the game more enjoyable with every update,” says the PUBG team.
While weekly patches won’t be as frequent, the folks at Bluehole will utilize test servers for longer stretches.
“This way, when we have a new feature that we’d like to roll-out it will be more thoroughly polished thanks to extensive community feedback. This will result in our live build being more exciting for everyone and drastically reduce the amount of unforeseen issues,” the post reads.
This part screams vaulting and new maps. Yes, we’ve seen new content and features come to PUBG but none as extensive as vaulting or new maps. One day on the test server is nowhere near enough to make sure there are no problems with vaulting. It wouldn’t surprise me to see vaulting chill on a test server for at least a week before coming to live servers. Same goes for new maps.
Giving up the weekly patches isn’t that big of a deal. But the monthly ones? Bluehole spoiled us with new toys to play with each month. There’s going to be pushback on these changes, and the devs need to clearly communicate when new content is coming. For five months, we expected new content every month. Now? We don’t know.
Bluehole can do a lot to ease these concerns at Gamescom. They are going to be there for the big PUBG Gamescom Invitational tournament. They should use the big venue to tell us what’s coming in the next few months to PUBG. A week-by-week breakdown isn’t necessary, but a general idea of what’s coming in the next few months would be nice.
PUBG’s constant stream of updates is part of the reason why it became so popular. Too many early access games stagnate. The PUBG team is promising new content will keep coming. So far, they haven’t given me any reason to doubt them. Let’s hope they keep it that way.
Honestly? Weekly updates were too hectic anyways. More times than not, hotfixes were needed to fix issues caused by them. The best thing Bluehole can do moving forward is to keep doing what they’re doing today. Communicate. Tell the community what you’re working on. Push features you’re still tinkering with to test servers. Keep doing what you’re doing. PUBG is a fantastic game with great support.
Now I wait for Gamescom and cross my fingers we get a trailer for a new map.