There are several remote game worlds. These are mostly dystopian , fallow places.
The oldest map is the remote and expansive island of Erangel with Eastern European geography, which is based on brutalism and the Soviet Union in the 1950s . Russian graffiti and brandmarks can be found on houses or on objects. The world covers an area of approximately 64 square kilometers .  With version 4.0 the map was revised in mid-2019. The old map can still be played as “Erangel Classic” in custom matches.
At the end of 2017, another card called Miramar was added to PUBG . The flora (especially Joshua Trees ) corresponds to the US-Mexican deserts, place names, graffiti and brandmarks are Spanish. Calendar pages on walls refer to the year 1963.
The third Sanhok map was added in June 2018 , vegetation and place names give a Southeast Asian flair.
The Vikendi snow-covered map was installed in December 2018 . The cold climate is similar to the conditions in Scandinavia or Siberia. Some new gameplay elements such as snow tracks have also been added to the map.
The game zone of the open world game world becomes smaller at certain time intervals and the player suffers damage if he is outside the defined area. In the game world itself there are abandoned houses, streets, forests and villages. At defined points on the map, usually in houses or covered regions, there are various items of equipment such as weapons, backpacks, helmets or bulletproof vests.
Game principle and game mechanics
The principle is based on the Japanese film and Manga Battle Royale .  The player lands with a parachute from an airplane on a remote island. There he has to try to survive as long as possible. The playable character can be freely designed beforehand. A circular boundary becomes smaller at certain time intervals and causes damage to players if they are not yet within the safe area. This will direct players to a random point on the map. Before this, the upcoming downsizing is already shown on a marker on the minimap .  The game is on multiplayerlimited. Alone or as a team of two or four, you fight against up to 100 other players. There are different weapons, vehicles, clothing and other equipment that you can find in the game world .ause battles between players. Alternatively, it is also possible to play in the first-person view instead of in the third-person view .  The player or team that remains last is the winner. An average round lasts about 30 minutes, but varies greatly between the different skills of the players and the random factor of equipment. After a game, players may receive a. Based on their killings and survival, experience points that they can use for purely visual character improvements. Purely optical items such as clothing can also betradedon the Steam marketplace. 
Custom games and mods
With so-called custom game functions, players are able to open matches with their own rules and create their own game modes. One of them is e.g. B. a zombie mode,    which was later officially implemented by the developers. Most of the players take on the role of a zombie and have to try to infect the surviving players. The zombies have the advantage of being outnumbered and the survivors have the opportunity to use weapons, equipment and bandage tools. 
Brendan Greene, the lead developer of the game, has already gained experience as a computer game modder. For example, he wrote a Battle Royale modification for the ArmA 2 and ArmA 3 computer games and helped develop the Battle Royale part of H1Z1 , which was later released as a separate version under the title H1Z1: King of Kill . For the project, he teamed up with the developer studio Bluehole and moved to Seoul to work on the project on site. First development work for PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds started in 2016. The closed beta phase started on February 24, 2017.  The game was first published on March 23, 2017 as an early access title. It was developed in the Unreal Engine 4 .  Shortly after the release of the early access version, the developers announced that they would do more to combat cheats .   After three months, over 25,000 cheaters were banned.  Since June 6, 2017, it is possible to receive exclusive content in the game when you complete a Twitch Premium membership.  In July 2017, Bluehole joined the social network Facebookteamed up and from then on broadcasts exclusive matches organized and held by Bluehole. 
Error (should in weekly updates Engl .: bugs ) are fixed and monthly updates of new content and greater performance and server issues to be resolved. 
The release was originally planned for August 2017, but was postponed to the end of 2017.   On December 12, 2017, a Game Preview Edition for Xbox One and on December 20, 2017 PC version 1.0 was officially released ,   In the future, a crossplay , i.e. an interaction between the individual platforms, should be possible. 
PC Games considers the concept for the shooter genre innovative and evaluates the game by the other players, the randomness of the objects, the soundscape, the individual weapons and objects and the pressure of the approaching game line creating tension and thrills . Furthermore, the game is compared to DayZ , a similar open world shooter, and the atmosphere is praised. Shooter newbies should alsoget along wellwith tactics and skill
IGN gave the game a 9/10 rating.  Rock, Paper, Shotgun describes the game as a tactical shooter sandbox , story generator and horror game in one, which is one of the highest highs in the history of multiplayer computer games.
PC Games considers the concept for the shooter genre innovative and evaluates the game by the other players, the randomness of the objects, the soundscape, the individual weapons and objects and the pressure of the approaching game line creating tension and thrills . Furthermore, the game is compared to DayZ , a similar open world shooter, and the atmosphere is praised. Shooter newbies should alsoget along wellwith tactics and skill . However, the price is described as rather high and the long-term motivation is questioned due to the lack of goals. In addition, frustration is complained about by random decisions. Many players also have performance problems in the early access version.
GameStar sees the reason in the hype u. a. in the experience of the developer and the zeitgeist . In contrast to the fast-paced H1Z1 : King of Kill , you have more time to find equipment and there are more weapons and equipment. However, much ofthe game mechanics is similar. The fights are also described as demanding and tactical.  Also playing in the team is praised and highlighted and GameStar relies on future improvements and support for mods . Is criticized for. B. the performance or things that are still illogical.  
IGN gave the game a 9/10 rating.  Rock, Paper, Shotgun describes the game as a tactical shooter sandbox , story generator and horror game in one, which is one of the highest highs in the history of multiplayer computer games. 
On Steam, the game is mostly received positively by players. The Steam Awards 2018 , the game was as Game of the Year Award. 
Already after the first six days in early access , over $ 11 million was turned over.  A few days later, the game reached number 1 on the Steam sales charts, where it could last for several weeks, and reached over one million units sold in early April 2017.   In early May 2017, over 2 million copies with over $ 60 million in sales were already sold.  Sales reached over ten million units by September 2017. 
On May 4, 2017, the developers started a fundraiser in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds , in which 128 livestreamers from North America and Europe took part. The event was broadcast on the livestream platform Twitch . A total of $ 200,000 has been donated to the Gamers Outreach Foundation, a charity that works to improve children’s hospitalization and treatment. Half of it comes from the community and the other half from the developer.  
The developers plan for the monetization for purely optical objects, so-called loot crates , which can only be opened with a purchased key, in order to secure the support for the game in the long term. Microtransactions were introduced in the early access phase . Part of the community reacted negatively and triggered a shit storm .     Greene commented on this function and explained the step with the fact that this had to be tested in early access, it was purely visual, in an emergency you can also use the Steam-Market can act and apologized for the failed communication.   
Lawsuit against Epic Games
In March 2018, it was announced that Bluehole filed a lawsuit against the developer of the similar game Fortnite in January 2018 . According to the developer, Fortnite is a structural copy of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The lawsuit is limited to South Korea.   In June 2018, the lawsuit was withdrawn for reasons previously unknown. 
The first “PUBG Invitational Tournament” was held at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne. 92 players from 19 countries took part in the competition for a total of $ 350,000. The event was held by publisher Bluehole and the Electronic Sports League between August 23 and 26.   Up to 5.6 million viewers watched the tournament at the Chinese live eStreaming provider PandaTV. 
There are also other national or international tournaments, such as the PUBG ESL championship, the PUBG Europe League in Berlin or the PUBG Nations Cup in Seoul .
Most players online at the same time on the Steam platform
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds surpassed Dota 2’s record on September 17, 2017 , which was just over 1.3 million.  Since then, the number of players has been increasing steadily. The new record is now 3,236,027  simultaneously active players since Steam has released statistics about it.
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