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Bluehole has provided an update on the next patch for its immensely popular online shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The game update should be now up on the test servers, where it is going to stay a couple of days until it is ready to come into the live servers. This one offers a bunch of fixes and new features. First and foremost, players get a new weapon: the Mini-14 semiautomatic marksman rifle. Besides, there is a new town east of Stalber, plus foggy weather has been added to the game, which will hinder players' sight.
Since its Early Access release on Steam in March 23, 2017, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has received 14 weekly and monthly updates. However, Bluehole informed fans they won’t stick to that rollout schedule anymore. The developer does not want to rush things before they are actually ready just in order to keep up with a schedule. New patches will remain in test servers for longer periods of time unitl they are tested thoroughly enough before they make it into the live build.
The official minimum PC requirements for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are not so high – in theory, you just need Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300, 6 GB RAM, and GeForce GTX 660 2GB / Radeon HD 7850 2GB to run the program. However, if you want to play the game comfortably at 60 FPS (which really is a must for an online competitive Battle Royale type of game), that configuration won’t be enough. An analysis by PC Gamer reveals what hardware you really need for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
Bluehole has announced Gamescom Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational – the first Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds e-sport offline competition, organized together with ESL Gaming Network. The tournament will be taking place at this year’s gamescom, and will run through August 23-26. The total prize pool for Gamescom Invitational is $350,000, which is going to come from selling cosmetic items for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players. That, however, has sparkled some negative reactions from fans, who consider it breaking the promise that the game would not feature microtransactions until it's out of Early Access.
PlayerUnknown has beaten Grand Theft Auto V and become the fourth most played game on Steam on Sunday with the peak of 382,561 concurrent players. Right now, the game is even higher on the list – Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is currently the third game when it comes to peak players count on Steam, right behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
If you are one of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players who complain about others “cheating” by using TPP camera for revealing enemy’s location without sticking out their heads from cover, you will be happy to know your cries have been heard. PlayerUnknown himself took it to Twitter to announce that FPP-only servers are coming to the game in the next monthly update, which is most probably going to arrive at the end of July.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is getting a new update this week. The patch is going live on the Test Servers today and should be on Live Servers by Thursday. The patch is going to improve server and client performance as well as add two new weapons: Groza assault rifle, available in care packages only, and P18C pistol with full-auto fire mode. Moreover, there are several gameplay upgrades coming up as well as loot balance and overall tweaks.
In just three days since its Steam Early Access launch on March 23, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds earned USD 11 million, Bluehole Studios announced. In the hottest moment there were over 67,000 people playing it at the same time. According to SteamSpy data, the game has sold more than 332,000 copies so far. It has even been briefly the best selling game on Steam – until Grand Theft Auto V went on a 50% sale. The title is also very popular on Twitch, where over 150,000 viewers were spotted watching videos from the game at the same time.
PlayerUnknown, the creator of the Battle Royale mod to Arma III and co-designer of H1Z1: King of the Kill, has been preparing a new game for some time together with Bluehole Studios, the developers of TERA. This one, called Battlegrounds, is an online shooter based on the Battle Royal or Hunger Games rules – the last man standing wins the game. Battlegrounds is going to enter closed beta on Friday, February 24, 2017. After the testing period the game will go through an early access phase, where it is intended to stay for no longer than six months.