Cheaters Delay 'PUBG' Matchmaking Fixes, New Map

Writing in a Steam community post, the studio admitted that it's been focusing most of its efforts as of late on stomping down on cheaters, with 100 of them banned in January alone.

Despite PUBG's popularity, new features have been slow to trickle out in recent weeks and months - something especially notable when you compare the game to its big battle royale rival Fortnite, which has made a point of having a new feature or update every few weeks.

The constant monitoring of cheaters also delayed the reveal of a road map of other features and content slated for 2018, which was supposed to be shared earlier this year.

The team also shares what we can expect with the next update.

Other than that, the team has chose to improve the matchmaking system and make it "ping based" which is kind of logical if you ask me. Unfortunately, the plan never came to fruition because of the ongoing fight against cheaters, which has accounted for numerous developer's resources in the last few months. Matchmaking in PUBG will prioritize users with lower pings and preparations are underway to test this in certain regions, starting this week.

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"We would like to ask for our players' generous understanding that despite the team's eagerness to share what we have been planning and working on, the timing had to be changed".

The new Battlegrounds update, which is about to enter testing, will change the way matches begin. This should split the match pool for the game rather than outright restricting connections based exclusively on ping.

When the player is riding in the airplane, they will no longer be able to see the inside of the airplane. The first tests of the new method will take place next week. This new reporting system comes with some restrictions: You can't use a replay file that is more than a week old, and you can't use the same file to report a player multiple times.

H1Z1 continued to remain popular despite PUBG's success though, but the real nail in the coffin seems to have arrived now, with the release of free to play battle royale game Fortnite, which was immediately available on PC, PS4 and Xbox.

  • Regina Walsh