Even with Fortnite stealing some of its momentum on console, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds remains a force to be reckoned with on PC. The competitive shooter has managed to break longstanding player population records formerly held by DOTA 2 and very likely to break 2 million concurrent users very soon. While the surge in popularity is always a good thing for games and development studios, this sudden spike in players is causing Bluehole to reevaluate its current release schedule.
In an update on Steam, the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds development and community team provided an update on the Leaderboard update schedule. After kicking the post off with an apology to all players, the team revealed that the studio made the tough choice to delay the start of the new season by a week. Due to the sudden influx of concurrent users, the studio became concerned as to whether or not it’d be able to provide a seamless and comfortable experience. To counter this, the team is taking the extra week to make back-end improvements to ensure an even more reliable service when the new season begins.
The current season was set to end on October 10, followed immediately by a server wipe and the start of the new season. As it stands now, players can continue to play the game even with the current season now over but match statistics will not be recorded until the next season begins next week on October 17. In addition, Bluehole also warned that players should expect to see some server maintenance performed at times over the next week as well.
While PUBG continues to break records on PC, Bluehole is targetting consoles as its next conquest. Thought Fortnite may have beaten them to the punch by offering a free and similar mode called Battle Royale, it hasn’t deterred the developer and Microsoft in regards to exclusivity talks. Thought the initial announcement was made at E3 a few months ago, reports have indicated that the two sides are talking an extension to that Xbox One exclusivity.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC in Early Access and will launch on Xbox One later on in 2017.
Source: PUBG Steam Community