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PUBG: Battlegrounds

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Krafton
Release Date: 2017

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'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Reveals Content Drops Roadmap, Season 12 Details - Trailer

by Rainier on May 26, 2021 @ 12:09 p.m. PDT

PUBG: Battlegrounds expands the core Battle Royale experience into a highly competitive player vs. player (PvP) game in a vivid open world.

Welcome to the ultimate battle for life and death

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will expand the core Battle Royale experience enjoyed by millions of players into a highly competitive player vs. player (PvP) game in a dynamic open world. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will put up to 64 players on a remote island for a winner-takes-all showdown where strategic gameplay is as important as shooting skills. Players will enter a last-man-standing battle where they try to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies in a graphically and tactically rich battleground that eventually forces players into a shrinking safe area as they engage in a tense and spectacular fight to the death.

When the match starts, players have no items or weapons. To progress, they can try to commandeer a vehicle to discover a high-value location, search for weapons or employ other diversified tactics with a goal of being the last man standing. All weapons can be upgraded with attachments such as sights and suppressors and both road and off-road vehicles will be available to players.

Kill or be killed in a fight to be the last man standing.

KRAFTON announced a series of distinct PUBG content updates and events planned for June 2021.

In addition to announcing major planned PUBG content drops for the rest of 2021, inclusive of complete visual update for Miramar launching in early-June, the company revealed its upcoming in-game brand collaboration with El Solitario (European motorcycle brand), a new limited-time Racing Mode and Season 12 details.  

We’re a good chunk of the way into the new year and already things feel much more promising than the last. 2020 was a difficult year for many and we, like other developers around the world, found ourselves scrambling to adjust to a whole new way to work and create. Through the challenges, we’re proud that we were able to debut 3 new Battlegrounds; Karakin, Paramo, and Haven, while also shipping reworks of Vikendi and Sanhok. 2020 also saw the release of Team Deathmatch and Ranked Mode, along with a number of new weapons, tools, features, and vehicles. The world as a whole may not have had a great year, but we personally have much to be thankful for- especially you, our fans sticking with us through a complicated year of experimentation.

Your continued support and feedback give us tangible goals to work towards but funneling the feedback of a global audience into one update that satisfies everyone is never an easy task. One ongoing piece of feedback we’ve heard pretty universally though is the desire for us to give more focus to larger maps, especially after a year that focused largely on smaller ones. Here, in the first part of our 2021 Dev Plan, we’re going to reveal how we’re doing just that.

As we just mentioned, after experimenting and learning with smaller maps and their unique features during 2020, we’ve taken the time to refocus on what we know many of our core audience values the most. 2021 is the year of the large map and will be in more ways than one. Let’s start with some easy wins before we talk about our plans for new and shiny.

PUBG  2021 DEV PLAN - WORLD

In the first of two planned 2021 Dev Plan updates, KRAFTON outlined the roadmap of new PUBG content expected to release this year. In early-June, the Miramar map will receive a full visual update. The company also announced that PUBG will receive two completely new 8x8 maps in Q3 2021 and Q4 2021/Q1 2022, respectively. 

Miramar Updated (PC: June 2, Consoles: June 10)

Miramar has been a map that’s needed love for a while now. Our last revamp went a long way to help the map out, bringing it into the PUBG universe with new aesthetics and matching lore elements, while fixing a few of the pain points that existed since its launch.

With Update 12.1, we’ll be introducing a much larger remastering of Mirarmar, taking into account many of the new technologies we’ve employed in our newer maps, including lighting, performance, graphical fidelity, topography, and of course special features.

Expect to see big overhauls to terrain and building textures and layouts, easier traversal with the removal of unnecessary obstacles, and even updated cliffs to better fit in the more vertical experience the game has become.

Miramar’s remaster will make it’s way into the live server soon, so keep an eye out for more information.

New Map - “Codename: Tiger” (Q3 2021)

Following the remastering of Miramar, comes the first new 8×8 Battleground in 3 years. Tiger will utilize all the aspects of the Battlegrounds that you’ve known over the years but with one key change; the ability to return to the battle after an initial defeat. This is a feature we’ve seen become fairly common in the Battle Royale genre and is something we’ve been asked about quite a bit, especially when it comes to duos and squads. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll see we’ve experimented a bit recently with what respawning on a Battleground looks like and Tiger is a big reason why.

Besides respawns, new features never seen before in PUBG will continually be added to Tiger, so stay tuned!

New Map - “Codename: Kiki” (Q4 2021 or Q1 2022)

The 8×8 goodness doesn’t end with Tiger. In late 2021/early 2022, our 4th 8×8 map will launch. Kiki will boast a diverse set of locations, from mysterious underground labs to massive skyscrapers to swampland to subways to underwater buildings – we’re looking at many different locations to thrill and challenge survivors in our most diverse and exploration focused Battleground yet. Planning for Kiki is still pretty early, but we’ll be back with more information later in the year.

Part two of the 2021 Dev Plan, which will focus on focus on core gameplay and service updates, will be shared later this summer. 

PUBG x EL SOLITARIO COLLABORATION

KRAFTON recently revealed its collaboration with El Solitario, the popular Spain-based motorcycle company that is actively driving classic motorcycle culture throughout Europe. In celebration of both company’s instincts to take on new challenges and create their own trends, KRAFTON will introduce El Solitario’s popular “Desert Wolves” off-road motorcycles and themed outfits to PUBG from June 1 through Dec. 30.

LIMITED-TIME RACING MODE

To compliment PUBG’s collaboration with El Solitario, a new Racing Mode will be available to play for a limited time. This mode, which is available on Miramar, features two distinct race types: solo and squad (up to four players). 

  • Players who own the El Solitario Desert Wolves vehicle skin will see it automatically applied to the Motor Bike vehicle. 
  • Racing Mode will be available June 2-14 on PC and June 10-21 on consoles. 

SEASON 12.1

In addition to introducing a remastered Miramar when it releases on PC on June 2 and consoles on June 10, Season 12 will also introduce a new ranked season, expanded customization options, a new weapon and a new vehicle.

  • New Ranked Season - Update 12.1 marks the beginning of a new ranked season, meaning all rewards earned during the Ranked Season 11 will be automatically added to players’ inventory once Season 12 goes live on June 2. Similar to Ranked Season 11, Ranked Season 12 will run for a two-month period. 
  • Weapon Skin Upgrade System - The new weapon skin upgrade system will make its debut with 12.1, allowing players to evolve the cosmetics of certain weapon skins by consuming specific in-game materials and goods. Acquired from the Weapon Skin Lucky Box, these evolutionary weapon skins will gain new features as they are leveled up. 
  • New Weapon - Lynx AMR - Available through Care Packages in Miramar normal matches, the L6 Lynx is PUBG's first Anti-Material Rifle. This semi-automatic crate gun is capable of penetrating military equipment, and armored players or vehicles. Intended as a hard counter to vehicles, the L6 remains an effective sniper rifle against players when used wisely.  
  • New Vehicle - Quad - Available on Miramar, this all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) has four low-pressure tires with the driver seat designed to be straddled by the operator, with handlebars for steering control. It is modeled after a racing style ATV but includes a rear seat for a second occupant.  
  • Lobby Ball - While waiting on the starting island for a match to start, players will now find a soccer ball they can kick around with other Survivors. Players can dribble, pass, and shoot the soccer ball while they wait, or even coordinate a short game of soccer if they like. 

Season 12 launches on June 2 for PC and June 10 for consoles. Survivors who want to preview Update 12.1 can do so today on the PC Test Server. For more information on Update 12.1, please view the full patch notes here

Key Features:

  • Custom Games: Being implemented after Early Access, this feature will allow select groups of players to create and host their own games with special server configurations, such as the number of players, option to spectate the round, play or set the game as private with password and more. Additional information about custom games will be announced after Early Access launch.
  • Realistic Gunplay: Players use real-world weapons found via supply drops to create an authentic and visceral experience.
  • Massive 8km x 8km World: Players begin as weak survivors and develop into powerful soldiers on a massive, deserted island set in Eastern Europe.
  • Built with Unreal Engine 4: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds utilizes the latest development tools to deliver realistic visuals, animations and gameplay.
  • In-Depth Loot System: Players will uncover a wide variety of weapons, armor, attachments, and much more as they explore – and battle – across the world.
  • Player-Focused Metagame Tools: Leaderboards and statistics plus replays and spectator mode tools are coming after Early Access launch.
  • Loads of Localization: Launching into twelve languages (English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic) with translations coming directly from the community.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).


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