Two new maps, overhauled animations and visuals, and more are coming to PUBG this year.
In a lengthy blog post, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene revealed the game's roadmap for 2018, which includes a major content update every two months starting this month.
(Presumably, all of the below only pertains to the game's PC version.)
Next month a new 4x4km island map will hit the game's experimental test server.
According to Greene, it’s a much smaller map and should allow for a much more intense and faster-paced battle royale experience.
A second 8x8 km map is also in the works, and so are an emote system and some new game modes.
New vehicles will come to the game in the first half of the year, and new weapons and attachments will come this year.
Achievements, an in-game friends list, squad voice chat in the main menu, further character customisations (including parachute and weapon skins) are also planned.
Both the TPP and FPP animation systems will be overhauled to make them smoother and more reactive to the environment, the parachuting system will be made more responsive, and armed and unarmed melee combat systems will be tweaked.
Limb and vehicle bullet penetration will add new depth to the ballistic system, while the detail on vehicle, gun, and breathing sounds will be increased. For example, the sound that the player produces while moving will correspond to the equipment they are carrying.
There's even more – including esport, security, and community development plans – in Greene's blog post.
"We’ve worked hard over the past two years to build a good foundation for the most realistic Battle Royale experience out there," Greene wrote.
"This year we plan to build on that foundation and really start to polish our features, squash the remaining bugs and expand the game even further."