PUBG’s Sanhok Map is Out With New Exploitative F2P-Style Mechanics

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If you didn’t feel like the random crate drops with various cosmetic skins that could usually only be unlocked with purchasable keys were already exploitative enough, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was just updated on Windows with the Sanhok map and this free-to-play style event pass.

The game also has missions and login bonuses, but some of those are only available if you buy the event pass, which you shouldn’t. I’d been trying Sanhok before it was released, and it’s good, small, fun. For those times when you can’t devote 40 minutes to getting to the top ten before being owned by the silenced shotgun sniper xXxLuBu69xXx.

They’ve also added a towed banner advertisement to the back of the plane that drops you off in paradise, lovely:

Banner tow

Of course there’s also an ad on the top of your parachute. PUBG Corp should at least go the Team Fortress 2 route and drop the cost to free if they’re going to switch to a free-to-play business model. Paying $30 and then getting this crap is a really bad look.

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is The Hot Garbage Bored PUBG Players Crave

Landfall, the makers of some other silly games, have put out their latest “April fools joke” called Totally Accurate Battlegrounds. As you can see from the trailer, it’s a less-than-serious take on the Battle Royale genre of games. I’ve put in a very little bit of time on the game and it definitely feels incomplete, but also like exactly what I need as someone who is a bit bored after a few hundred hours in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ oh-so-serious murder simulator.

A FAQ on Landfall’s site explains a bit more about why they decided to make Totally Accurate Battlegrounds:

TABG is an April Fools joke, we’ve done one every year since 2016. We’ve previously combined one of our games with another genre or game. The first year we made Supertruck, a mix between the game Superhot and Clustertruck. Last year we made TABZ which is a mix between TABS and DAY-Z. We spend an enormous amount of lunch breaks and nights playing battle royale games, this is an homage to a genre we love.

Despite their initial promise to not update this game at all, the developers at Landfall have been working on patches for TABG. Which is good, because I couldn’t join a multiplayer server at all a few days ago. Today I checked in again and was able to join servers.

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is temporarily free for the next few hours on Windows on Steam, it’ll be $5 after that. The developers have stated they a macOS version is unlikely and that they have no plans for other platforms.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Out on iOS and Android

I've never been more excited to get pants on.

You can call it PUBG, you can call it plunkbat, but the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is out on iOS and Android. Now we know what you’re paying for when you buy the $30 Windows version on Steam, pants, and a shirt and shoes. This free-to-play-as-heck mobile PUBG doesn’t include any of those to start, you’re going to have to find them in the game or in the exploitative loot boxes you get for playing it. At least if you don’t want to be an exhibitionist non-conformer, which if you do, go right ahead.

I’ve played one match and it was perfectly cromulent PUBGeeing, players are still getting used to the controls so I managed to get four small victories before losing in 16th place.

It’s out for free now on Android and iOS, it doesn’t cross-play with the Windows version at all.

Battlegrounds 1.0 for Windows on the 20th; Xbox Game Preview PUBG Is Crap

The good news first, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will exit Steam’s Early Access program in four days on the 20th (or 21st depending on your time zone) of December. The 1.0 release will have the new desert map, Miramar, among many other changes.

The Xbox One version of Battlegrounds is also out on that platform’s Game Preview program for $30, which is similar to Steam’s Early Access, but word is that performance is miserable and the port is extremely buggy to start. That’s not unheard of for a game that isn’t finished yet, and it won’t have the new desert map or reach 1.0 this year, but Microsoft is making a big deal out of the release. It’s the first thing you see on the Xbox.com website.

Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter:

In terms of first impressions, PUBG is borderline horrendous – an assault of low quality artwork, jarring pop-in and disappointing performance. Input lag also feels off – whether that’s down to deadzone issues on the analogue sticks or the variable frame-rate remains to be seen (it’s something we’re looking into) and in this respect at least, it’s the same story whether you’re gaming on a standard Xbox or the X.

This is one of the few exclusive games Microsoft has this year, and while supposedly the developers have been aided by Microsoft, it isn’t clear yet what is going on with this Xbox port. It’s worse than the original Windows version in Early Access.

Of course it’ll get better over time, but this could be worse than what most console players expect.

PUBG 1.0 in Late December; Xbox One on December 12th

Despite being super popular on Steam for months already, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still in Steam’s Early Access program for incomplete games that are still gathering feedback from players. The CEO of PUBG Corp, Chang Han Kim, has a post up on the Xbox news service announcing that Battlegrounds will exit Early Access in late December. Battlegrounds will also enter the Xbox Game Preview program (aka Early Access) on the 12th of December.

Kim:

Both versions are being developed at the same time, but they both have their own separate roadmaps. Various Xbox One features and functionality will change and come online over time just like they have on PC, with our goal being to have both versions align to each other as soon as possible. Feedback as you know has been critical to the game’s success, so beginning December 12 we want to hear from Xbox fans on what they think about PUBG and how we can make the best version of the game possible.

This is big news for Microsoft who are desperate for games to show off their Xbox One X.