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PUBG Corp launches a new campaign to finally fix PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Since the full game launched at the tail-end of last year, PUBG has quickly become one of the best-selling video games of all time. While that is certainly an accomplishment, the game has been plagued by multiple technical problems, with players feeling that the game often comes across as unfinished.
PUBG is an online multiplayer Battle Royale game where up to 100 players parachute onto an island, scavenge for weapons and equipment, and attempt to kill other players while trying to survive. The size of the map decreases over time, forcing players into tighter areas and hostile encounters. The last player or team standing, wins. The game was released onto Steam's early access program in March 2017, with the full version being released in late December 2017. It was added to Xbox One that same day, and a mobile version was released for Android and iOS in February. Over 50 million copies have been sold so far, even with stiff competition from other games entering the space, such as Fortnite. And the fact that PUBG has struggled from a technical standpoint, it's no surprise that other games have taken over the genre. But that's something the game's developer is looking to change.
PUBG's community manager recently announced a "Fix PUBG" campaign on Reddit, which is essentially an initiative to fix any and all issues with the game. The announcement also included the campaign's official Fix PUBG website for players to track the developer's progress. The roadmap will be constantly updated as the company completes their fixes and delivers on their promises. Improvements will be made to every aspect of the game, including client and server performance, anti-cheating, and matchmaking. The website shows when each improvement will be made during the campaign as it runs through August to the end of October, as well as a detailed breakdown of each individual fix.
The "Fix PUBG" initiative launched with a patch that hit the live servers last night. According to the community manager, the patch is the first of several fixes and quality-of-life improvements that players have been asking and patiently waiting for. The patch includes fixes such as a graphics "sharpening" toggle in settings, the ability to mute teammates, the ability to adjust FPS caps, and more control over loot stack splitting. All of the improvements being implemented into the PC version of the game will be carried over to the Xbox One version as well.
PUBG has certainly remained popular, but the game has rapidly been losing players to the giant that is Fortnite. The many technical flaws have certainly been a factor in the game's loss of players, but hopefully, this campaign, with all of its fixes, can win back some players looking to engage in a different Battle Royale-type game. The company has plans to continue improving PUBG even after the campaign is over, and the future of the game is looking a bit brighter. The PUBG team seems more dedicated than ever to improving the game and responding to feedback from players, and if this continues, they may be able to come back on top.