PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds resists region-locking, copies Fortnite’s events

    
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Some calls from players urging the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds studio to region-lock Chinese players into their own segregated area are being resisted by the game’s creator. The stated reason for this is alleged cheating and the high ping issues that are dragging down the game experience for everyone else.

Brendan Greene said that region-locking will cause more problems than those it solves. “I mean, everyone that [suggests] region locking [is forgetting about] VPN. It just doesn’t work,” he said. Greene also revealed that the studio is focusing on ping-based matchmaking to keep latency from being an issue.

As the battle royale shooter is being overtaken in market share by Fortnite, it shouldn’t be surprising to see PUBG announce that it will be offering limited-time modes in much the same way that its competitor does.

Source: VG247, #2
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Jack Pipsam

I guess people need to ask themselves, are they are actually region blocking for ping purposes or is it some bias against the Chinese they have?

On Planetside 2 I know they’re strongly considering adding in a new Tokyo based server for all the Asian players as I see people complain about Chinese players a lot on the reddit. Yet when an Aussie or Kiwi does stride away from our own server (bless Daybreak) onto an American server, people don’t complain about us despite our ping being objectively worse.
I wonder if it’s because (typically) we’re white?

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Dystopiq

I’d prefer not to play with oceanic players due to ping, however, there’s no language barrier there nor are they known for rampant hacking.

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John Kiser

Language barriers, high pings, rampant hacking, and a slew of other crap are why people want the chinese regions region locked. Notice no one has issues with Japanese players etc?

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Sorenthaz

Forgot to mention that PUBG already has had the framework for special modes in the game for many months now. It literally has a 5v95 zombies custom mode and that came out sometime last summer.

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Tom R

I think it’s unfair to say they’re “copying” since temporary modes are not some crazy unique idea at this point in online games but it is very fair to say that PUBG is dragging their feet when compared to Fortnite.

Epic is moving at an insane pace which should be a hard kick in the butt to wake up PUBG.

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Sorenthaz

Because PUBG’s team is basically indie in comparison to Epic which has shifted probably a majority of their employees into Fortnite after BR was a huge hit (and Paragon was shut down).

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PurpleCopper

I’m pretty sure VPN can’t crack reigon-locking AND ping-locking.

And if players from across the globe REALLY want to play with their friends, then just have an option to play with friends regardless of region/ping.

Honestly, I don’t understand why Bluehole keeps resisting region/ping locking. You’d think that Chinese people would be happy with playing with other Chinese players and Americans would be happy with playing with other American players. It’s practically a win-win situation.

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semugh

until you don’t cheat, I don’t care where are you from. I’ll kill you even if you’re from the USA or Beijing.

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Simon

I think it’s a good idea to not region restrict, but instead do matchmaking based on ping. It’s unnecessary to (in a way) punish people just for living in a certain region.

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Nah, region restriction IS necessary. First of all, “ping-based matchmaking” is somewhat flawed concept – the connection latency/ping may vary greatly for many reasons (especially if you’re using one of those greedy, monopolistic American cable TV providers as your broadband provider) during the day so even if you’re in NA – this won’t provide guarantee that you’ll always be matched with other people on same continent. Not to mention this can be exploited by intentionally “lagging” yourself (there are already tools for that) during matchmaking process so the game will “match” you with players with higher latency/ping, after which (when you’re already in game) you can stop “lagging” yourself and start killing players with 200+ms ping while you’ll be enjoying your 50ms connection latency/ping ;-)

Second of all, there’s a HUUUUUGE “culture of cheating” in China in general, this is not only related to PUBG but to many other multiplayer games. If you’re not aware of this FACT – you can find some threads on Reddit, from Chinese players themselves, discussing this fact and many reasons for that (including cheaper game prices and different financial priorities for people in China, all of which makes it less “financially punishing” to be banned for cheating there). Here, I’ll even give you one of these threads:
(https://www.reddit.com/r/PUBATTLEGROUNDS/comments/7y7lyj/a_longass_thread_about_chinese_cheaters)

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I’m glad that they’re trying new things and still trying to improve, but they need to do it faster/more rapidly… New game modes/events, new ping-based matchmaking (although region segregation would’ve also helped, especially with “blacklisting” of most VPN service providers), better cheat protection (I believe the radar hack which intercepts unencrypted network packets between client and server still works, and is still perfectly undetectable since you can just run such radar on second PC/laptop) and so on – they need to introduce those faster. Because if they’ll continue with their current pace – they’ll just keep losing to Fortnite and other future BR games.

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MrNude

Right because VPN never affects latency, and most certainly don’t have data usage caps so they could run forever. I mean some paid services may offer unlimited plans, but money normally takes care of most trolls. I do understand that likely the data usage would be a minimal distraction, but anything is better than nothing.

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Tom R

“Greene also revealed that the studio is focusing on ping-based matchmaking to keep latency from being an issue.”

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MrNude

Thats why I mentioned latency…. Saying that VPN’s negate region locking is moronic when you say you’re focusing on latency based match making….. Have you played PUBG? From the time I’ve spent there are far more players from China trolling, and being all around turds….