Earlier this year in March, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds launched on Steam Early Access. Today, the game finally reaches its 1.0 version, leaving Early Access behind. This release brings over many of the changes that players have already seen on the Test Server: the new desert map Miramar, a new UI, a new damage model, and the addition of vaulting. (The only real miss here is rain and fog have been temporarily removed from the first map, Erangel.)
More importantly, if you log in during the launch period for the next few weeks, you get a shiny new PUBG "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner" t-shirt. You don't have to worry about actually getting a win in the game, it'll simply be dropped into your account for logging in.
"The 1.0 launch marks the end of the first chapter of our development team's effort to bring forth the best battle royale experience for our players," said the PUBG team in a blog post celebrating the game's launch. "But this is just the beginning."
"After 1.0 is out, we will continue to uphold our open development principles and keep listening to your feedback, as we have done through Alpha, Beta and Early Access stages of the process. Reaching version 1.0 for us means establishing the basic structure for the smooth Battle Royale gameplay of our game. Balancing and polishing in terms of gunplay, sound, animations and other features and systems will continue after launch."
The team also addressed server stability, a problem that's only gotten worse as the game has gotten more popular and approached today's launch. For our USgamer Lunch Hour stream Tuesday, I actually witnessed heavy stuttering on PUBG for Xbox One, which was a new experience for me.
"We've implemented two waves of adjustments to deal with server stability issues since PC 1.0 test build #3 hit our test servers. We estimate that there was around 50% decrease in stability issues experiences by players. However, we understand that this is not enough. We have identified various causes for the stability issues and are expecting progressive improvements going forward," said the team.
Finally, the team thanked all 26 million of the players who purchased the game in Steam Early Access and new players alike.
"Without you none of this would be possible. You may have had over 100 chicken dinners or maybe you're still hunting for your first one. What matters is that you've stuck with us through good times and rough patches alike. Thank you for your feedback, your reports, your thoughtful criticism. Thank you for cheering us on. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you, and see you in the next chapter," said the team.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently available on Steam for $29.99. The game is also available on Xbox One via the Xbox Game Preview program.