PUBG Adds Weapon Skins, Considers Region Locking Despite Earlier Statements

PUBG Adds Weapon Skins, Considers Region Locking Despite Earlier Statements

Mixed-messages from PUBG Corp.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is adding weapon skins with an upcoming update that will give players further incentives to earn rewards to customize their characters. The update post also explains that PUBG is considering region locking, a feature we've encountered mixed-messages on from the PUBG team.

The weapon skins system will let players select skins for each weapon. The skins can be acquired either through the new paid "Triumph Crate," or the free "Raider Crate." The drop rate for the Triumph Crate will be 20%, while the Raider Crate will be a free offering with 100% drop rate.

Also mentioned in the update is a solution PUBG Corp. teased earlier via its Korean update channels, namely separating players by region. In order to provide a stable network experience, PUBG Corp. will experiment with operating servers for players only of that region. Players in other regions will not be able to see those servers, but players who are friends with players in other regions will be able to join them.

PUBG Corp. will test this by separating the Korean and Japanese servers, with leaderboards separated as well. Players who cannot see either the Korean server or Japanese server will only be able to play in the joint Korean/Japanese server.

We first reported on the Korean blog update for PUBG that said much of the same thing. Though at GDC last week Brenden Greene and PUBG Corp. CEO CH Kim said that region locking wouldn't work considering VPNs exist.

In the meantime, it appears that region locking will at least be considered, though taking into account Greene and Kim's answers, it remains to be seen if region locking will be fully implemented.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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