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Huge new changes detailed for PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS – including Unreal 5 and destructible environments!


PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS Destructible Map Environment
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS Destructible Map Environment

PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS has evolved massively over the years. Not only has there been a Game Preview and Early Access period, but a whole host of content updates have changed the game immensely. And that’s without even mentioning the change of name either. But just as the 7th anniversary of the game rolls into view, some huge new changes have been confirmed for PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS – and it includes destructible environments and more. 

We’re big fans of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, nabbing chicken dinners many times over the years. But going forward the Krafton team have big plans for their live service game, taking it to all-new heights and the most fresh of gameplay experiences. 


So what are the plans for PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS  in 2024? Well, you should expect a richer, more vibrant offering of the land/loot/survive gameplay that has immersed players over the years. And that means destructible environments, adjustments to the gameplay and all-new content drops and collabs.

Further, we’ll see better matchmaking, some overhauls to the ranking system, inclusion of enhancements to the anti-cheat side of things and the transition to Unreal Engine 5. 

We’ll leave you with Krafton’s own words and video as to how PUBG will look to change over the coming weeks and months. 

Destructible Environments

Destructible map environments will be introduced to add a dynamic new layer of strategy and tactics to the game. Players will be able to strategically destroy sections of buildings or construct defensive barriers, opening new attack routes or securing areas. These features will be previewed in the upcoming April update, with continuous improvements and expansions planned going forward.

Gameplay Adjustments

Gunplay updates are scheduled to release every two months, aiming to foster a stable ecosystem and provide a greater diversity of choices to players. The Arcade’s ‘Gunplay Labs’ will serve as a platform for players to test and offer feedback on balance adjustments ahead of broader implementation in the main game. The game is also developing survival-focused items with contents for more dynamic actions, as well as refining and expanding special modes for a more casual gaming experience.

New gameplay systems and content will also be launched, designed to escalate tension and offer fresh challenges. The team vs. team system will allow players to collaborate with teammates to compete in scoring against an opposing team, with rewards available for achieving team winning streaks.

New content and collaborations

Additionally, future updates will bring new experiences to existing maps, maintaining the core gameplay while integrating features and content from new seasons, collaborations, or modes.

A range of exciting collaborations and skins, including collaborations with sought-after vehicle brands and unique IPs, as well as progressive weapon skins that reflect players’ preferences through a series of upgrades, will further enhance the PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS experience.

Matchmaking Improvements

Changes are coming to matchmaking to ensure a more balanced environment in Normal Matches. The MMR (Matchmaking Rating) system will undergo refinements to offer fairer competition among players of similar skill levels. The behavior patterns of bots in Normal Matches will also be improved to offer a more immersive and meaningful experience, featuring more natural actions and diverse scenarios.

Ranked Overhauls

Significant enhancements to Ranked play are underway to strengthen the connection between Normal Matches, Ranked, and Esports. Rondo, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS’ newest map, will be added to the Ranked play map pool in April, with considerations for its future inclusion in Esports. New tiered rewards and exclusive Ranked play rewards will be introduced to make Ranked play more appealing. Changes to the Rank Points system, including a greater weight given to kills, will make the tiers more accurately reflect skill levels, with a pilot test scheduled for April.

Unreal Engine 5 and UGC

The transition of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS to Unreal Engine 5 marks the start of an exciting journey, alongside preparations for User Generated Content (UGC), with the aim to empower players to create and engage with their content and foster a vibrant, creator-driven ecosystem.

Anti-Cheat Enhancements

To ensure fair play, anti-cheat measures will be intensified, expanding the focus beyond Ranked play to include Normal Matches and all game modes. Upgrades to existing solutions and the active use of deep learning technology will enhance the speed and efficiency of detecting and penalising illegal software use.

So what do you think of these changes to PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS? Will it tempt you back to the battlefield? Let us know in the comments. 

And if you want to get playing PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, do it on Xbox via a download from the Xbox Store. It’s free to play, available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. 

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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