As PUBG Corp kind-of promised the other day, PUBG's Content Roadmap for 2018 was published today on the game's official forums. Long story short, PUBG Corp is planning to introduce major updates to the game every two months, probably to keep up with competitor Fortnite Battle Royale's seeming non-stop deluge of new content.
"Each of these major updates will bring changes to specific systems and / or introduce new content," writes Dan "RoboDanjal," PUBG's Community Coordinator. "Smaller updates between the major ones will also continue throughout the year."
Players are also invited to help with testing and development via an Experimental Test Server that's opening soon. The team is hoping to "get your valuable feedback on our feature / content development cycle sooner and for you to have a real impact on how our game changes and develops going forward."
What's on the menu, then? RoboDanjal stresses plans might change (as with any roadmap), but here's the gist:
New Maps, New Content
A 4 x 4 km island map will deploy on the test server next month. The tiny island appears to have tons of greenery and many mountainous areas. Maybe it's a direct response to player criticism about the sprawling, sandy Miramar map.
A new emote system is coming soon, too. Now you can mock and taunt your rivals with various body gestures when you're not stomping in frustration over a lost kill or what have you.
The roadmap contains a passing mention of new game modes (no details yet), new vehicles, new weapons, and new attachments. There's also whispers about yet another new map, an 8 x 8 km arena that players will be able to help critique via the test server.
Achievements are coming, as well as in-game friends lists, and squad voice chat in the main menu. Look forward to improved character customization options like skins for weapons and parachutes. Soon you'll be able to truly die in style.
Improvements to Animation and Visuals
PUBG isn't the prettiest game in history, and PUBG Corp is working to make it a little more visually appealing. The game's first- and- third-person perspectives are being overhauleld to make them smoother and more reactive to the environment. For example, characters will have animations for getting into vehicles and switching seats.
The parachuting system is also being revised. It should be smoother, more responsive, and more polished-looking. Armed and unarmed melee combat is being improved.
Improvements to Stability, Optimization, and Security
The roadmap acknowledges there's still a lot of work to done to improve PUBG's stability and performance, not to mention there's a never-ending need to root out cheaters. That's all being worked on, though details can't be shared at the moment. "Due to the sensitive nature of this subject and to maximize the impact we can have, I won't be able to go into specific plans," writes RoboDanjal. "However, we're planning to keep you more up-to-date about our efforts as we have major victories to share." That sounds intense. I hope the announcement is accompanied by brass trumpets, like proclamations of victory over Eurasia / Eastasia in 1984.
Sound effects will be diversified in future updates. That includes making surfaces reflect different weather conditions, as well as rain sounds on vehicle surfaces. Gun sounds, movement sounds, and breathing will also change according to the player's PoV and / or the equipment they're carrying.
The roadmap wraps up with news about PUBG esports (not happening yet, but it's being looked at), improvements to the custom game system, and improved community-developer support via the new PUBG Developer Portal. The PUBG Developer API is a development blog that provides "match-level, season-level, and lifetime-level data for developers to create compelling resources for players."
Again, this roadmap isn't exhaustive, and it doesn't come with any guarantees. That said, PUBG's new goal to keep up a steady stream of major updates indicates PUBG Corp knows what it needs to do to stay competitive against Fortnite Battle Royale—and against the gradual creep of less conventional battle royale titles.