playerunknown’s battlegrounds

Official Site: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Studio: Bluehole
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Stealth shooter battle royale
Business Model: B2P with microtrans
Platform: PC

Darwin Project lets players and hosts explore their inner griefer

So you probably expected a bunch of battle royale games to pop up on Steam this year, given the remarkably popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds around the globe, and here’s another one: It’s called Darwin Project, and it’s probably going to remind you of S.O.S. because it plays like a gameshow. In the future, all games will be Running Man, apparently.

Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. […] It challenges 10 participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena.”

The idea is that one person is the “show director” who messes with the contestants with “nuclear bombs, zone closures, gravity storms, and the power of their voice.” Viewers can apparently place bets on the winner and encourage hassling specific players. Finally, a video game tailored for griefers, right?

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2018

This is, bar none, the column I hate doing most on a regular basis. None of the games I highlight in here is something that I actually like pointing to; they’re games that people like, games that may very well be someone’s absolute favorites, and yet they’re also games where the future looks difficult if not outright bad. A cloudy future is never a good thing, and this particular column does not make it all right.

But we’re still here in the early days of 2018, and that means it’s still the right time to look at the games we might not see around next year. For various reasons, these are the games that already look like they’re in trouble, instead of absolute face-shattering surprises like a couple of the shutdowns last year.

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Tencent helps Chinese law enforcement arrest 120 people linked to PUBG cheats

If you thought Epic Games was being too rough on cheaters in Fortnite by smacking kids with personal lawsuits, wait until you hear what Tencent is up to. The Chinese gaming giant is preparing to (officially) launch PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds there (yes, it’s already playable there via Steam, but in early access). And ahead of that, it’s going after cheaters, specifically the cheat vendors – hard.

Bloomberg reports that the company has worked with Chinese police to arrest 120 people as part of 30 different cases involving cheat programs for the game. According to the publication, the company is trying to crack down on the hacking that pervades its games, specifically PUBG; those convicted under Chinese law could be sentenced to several years in prison, in addition to fines (and yeah, it’s happened before). So maybe don’t be a hacker targeting a megacorp’s video game in China.

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The MOP Up: Monster Hunter World merch (January 14, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from RendSea of ThievesThe Black DeathWarframeHEXFragmentedMU LegendFinal Fantasy XIMonster Hunter WorldPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsDota 2Wurm Online, Ultima Online, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds adds new crate drops with a 0.01% drop rate for items

Hey, kids, you like random cosmetic rewards, right? The latest patch currently in testing for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds adds two new crates that can drop when you spend BP on a crate drop, and one of them requires a (paid) key to open. The other can be opened for free. Within both crates are a number of new cosmetic items, some of which have an astonishing 0.01% drop rate in the free crate. That means that on average, you would need to open 10,000 crates to see one of these things drop.

A helpful examination of other games with cosmetic crates reveals that those games tend to top out at one best-possible drop closer to once every 10 loot boxes opened. It’s also far easier or cheaper to get those boxes. Granted, we don’t yet know how much the keys for the paid crate are going to cost, and the drop rates are slightly better in the paid box (the rarest paid item has a 0.16% drop rate), but it’s still the sort of gouging for single items that is unlikely to sit well with anyone once the numbers are made clear.

At least the drop rates are right in the patch notes. That’s helpful.


PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aims to be on every platform, but PS4 will take a while

There’s no escaping it. There’s no denying it. And soon, there will be no avoiding it.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is already out for PC and Xbox One, but its studio isn’t content to stick with just that. In fact, the eventual goal, according to PUBG Corp’s CEO, is to bring the game to all platforms, everywhere. It just might take a little while to make this a reality.

“We’d like to focus on completing the Xbox One PUBG for now,” said Chang Han Kim. If we have the opportunity, the final goal would be to launch the title on every platform.”

The next obvious step is to bring the newly released title to the PlayStation 4, but apparently Sony’s higher standards means that the studio must get the game up to par for consoles before this can happen. While PC and Xbox offer early access versions of games, Sony has yet to dip into this area.

Source: VG247, Polygon


Steam’s best-selling 2017 games include ARK, Warframe, and H1Z1

With 2017 officially over and done, Steam’s taking a moment to report on its best-selling games over the course of the whole year. While there are no specifics shared as to which title sold how many copies, Valve does roughly rank games according to overall sales.

In the “platinum” category are several familiar online titles, including ARK: Survival Evolved, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, H1Z1, Warframe, and Dota 2.

Moving down into “gold,” we find Elder Scrolls Online crowing happily. “Silver” sellers mark Conan Exiles, Black Desert Online, War Thunder, and Path of Exile among the third-tier titles. The list is rounded out with other MMOs and MOBAs like Paladins, Elite: Dangerous, and The Division.

Steam’s Winter Sale, which contains many of these games and more, is ending on January 4th.

Source: Steam


PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds reaches 3M concurrent players, promises polish and features for 2018

Welcome to another episode of Ridiculously Large Numbers! Today on RLN, we invite back frequent guest PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, who has an announcement to make: It recently passed three million concurrent players on Steam and 30 million players total. Somewhere in the distance, you can hear so many studios weeping in jealousy.

The battle royale shooter isn’t planning to slow down in the new year, either. Following the game’s launch last month, the developers said that polish and bug fixes are a priority in the efforts to stabalize the notoriously problematic game.

Brendan Greene admitted that there’s still a lot of work to be done on PUBG: “It does have problems. There are crashes still. There’s some rubberbanding. But these are problems we’re working to fix. It’s a marathon for us.”

Other 2018 features in the works include ranked play, character leveling, more cosmetic items, better gameplay balance, and new maps.

Source: KotakuGamasutra


The MOP Up: Multiverse makes a comeback (December 31, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Record of Lodoss War OnlineAge of WushuFortniteEVE OnlineARMSPath of ExileDark and Light, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, all waiting for you after the break!

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MMO Year in Review: Johnny Depp + Secret World = profit? (August 2017)

We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!

August was dominated by several competing stories that just wound throughout the whole month: The Secret World’s TV series venture as produced by Johnny Depp, the full reveal of Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion, and Star Citizen’s multiple delays and demos.

We also saw launches for World of Warcraft’s ArgusElder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the ReachLord of the Rings Online’s Mordor, ARK: Survival Evolved, LawBreakers, Fragmented, and Tree of Life. And if you squint, you can just see the first inklings that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was already taking off.

Read on for the whole list!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially launched today; are you playing?

Conventional wisdom says you probably shouldn’t launch a blockbuster video game four days before Christmas, but then conventional wisdom never met PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which emerged from early access at 2 a.m. 3 a.m. this morning while breaking every other rule too, reinventing and popularizing its own genre. Glitchy as hell, big in China, and ridiculously popular on Twitch, the game set records for Steam concurrency and sales even before today’s launch.

It does appear that the game hit some technical snags overnight, bumping into EU server caps, leaderboard bugs, and PC downtime, and crate key confusion. In fact, as I type this, the servers are offline.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds moves over one million Xbox One units

Two days, one million copies sold. It’s just another record for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ mantle.

The battle royale shooter moved over a million units during the game’s first 48 hours on the Xbox One, according to VG247. PUBG began selling on the console on December 13th. These sales are no doubt helped by a current promotion in which Microsoft is bundling the $30 game with the purchase of Xbox One X consoles. This promotion ends on December 31st.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has racked up massive sales on the PC this year and shattered several world records. The title is on its way to China, which will no doubt help to add more piles of money to its Scrooge McDuck vault.

Source: VG247


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