PUBG devs have come out and admitted to the fact that their game has “fallen short” despite having made great improvements over the past few months. However, on the other hand, Fortnite continues enjoying one of its best runs of popularity as fans can’t seem to get enough of the game. Although PUBG is still growing, it’s nowhere near the level Fortnite is at right now.
Around this time one year ago, PUBG was the hottest game on the internet. It was the game that actually made Battle Royale popular and it was immensely fun due to how ridiculous it sounded. You could wield objects like frying pans as weapons and could fight against a hundred people at the same time. PUBG soon became arguably the most popular multiplayer game online and it soon made its way to consoles too on the Xbox One. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Fortnite is definitely a rip-off of PUBG.
However, as soon as Fortnite started becoming popular, the players from PUBG started choosing the former. Now, Fortnite is the most popular online multiplayer game out there and it’s definitely the more preferred Battle Royale experience out of all of the options available. PUBG is still popular, but not as much as Fortnite. There are many reasons why the latter has won over the majority of the Battle Royale fanbase.
One of the main reasons why people prefer Fortnite is the number of updates the game receives. Epic Games are able to deliver content to players on a constant basis. The ‘Seasons’ system of Fortnite ensures players get new content on a regular basis, thus, ensuring the game doesn’t become stale. One of the main issues with online multiplayer games is that players can get addicted which is a good and bad thing.
Once players play too much of a game, it can get boring and would then eventually make them less interested in playing the game. However, Fortnite’s regular updates ensure this doesn’t happen and players always have a reason to come back for more. Plus, Fortnite is free to play whereas PUBG costs $30. You also don’t need a PS Plus/ Xbox Live subscription in order to play Fortnite online unlike PUBG so this also makes a difference. Instead, Fortnite makes its money through microtransactions by getting people hooked into the game. This turns out to be more lucrative for Epic Games as a lot of people eventually get so much invested in the game that they’re tempted into buying a Battle Pass which only costs $10.
Although PUBG has made a lot of progress over the past few months, it’s also grown tremendously, but its growth has been overshadowed by the growth of Fortnite. PUBG isn’t as frequent with updates as Fortnite is, but whenever a PUBG update comes out, it’s usually huge with lots of changes. Only recently the Miramar map was introduced into the game alongside new weapons and much more. There are a few upsides to PUBG too compared to Fortnite, for example, the game is considered more competitive than Fortnite.
Even now, the game looks to get better and better. PUBG recently revealed that they’re working on new updates to the game including the new Sanhok map and many other improvements. One of the main issues with PUBG is that its competitiveness invites a lot of cheaters. The game developers work actively to keep cheating to a minimum and according to PUBG’s devs, they’re also working on a “series of aggressive anti-cheat measures”. Even though the game has improved a lot over the past few months, there’s still a lot more left to do as the game still faces a lot of issues such as poor optimization. This is what a PUBG developer had to say
“Although we’ve made some meaningful improvements to PUBG, we’ve fallen short in other ways,” the developer said. “Players have rightfully called us out for failing to address complaints about performance, and recently we haven’t done the best job of communicating about the changes we’re making to the game.”
One of the first things the PUBG devs want to address is the lack of communication from their side. They’re planning on doing that through “Dev letters” which will give regular updates to the community on what the developers are up to and what the fans should expect in the future. This’ll be a nice way to keep fans updated on what the developers are doing, and whether their feedback is being heard or not.
The studio has three main issues in mind which it’s going to focus on. These three are actually the main criticisms of PUBG and it’s best if they were resolved as soon as possible. The main priorities of PUBG corp include performance, server-side optimization, and cheating. Of course, all of these make sense as all of these are big issues which players experience on a day to day basis.
Although the battle against cheaters looks like a never-ending one, the first few issues are resolvable and they should be given priority over the rest especially due to the fact that PUBG already has good countermeasures against cheaters. Cheating is not as prominent as it used to be in PUBG a few months ago, therefore, issues like performance and server-side optimization should be resolved with utmost priority.
As far as new updates are concerned, the studio is currently working on a new map called “Sanhok” which should make its way to the game by the end of June with new vehicles and possibly weapons too. “We’ll have a lot more to share about the other goodies coming to Sanhok in the coming weeks,” the developer explained. “There’s so much work we have to do to truly deliver on PUBG’s potential.”
Although PUBG is no longer as popular as it once was, it still has a large following and it continues to grow thanks to its newly launched mobile version. The PC and Xbox versions are highly popular too as the game boasts a whopping 1.5 million users on Steam. The game may not beat Fortnite but it’s definitely one of the best Battle Royale experiences out there with a large potential for growth.