Not too long ago, Bluehole and Microsoft announced that the popular multiplayer battle royal game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has surpassed five million players in over three months on the Xbox One.
Such a massive success cannot go unnoticed, and it goes to show how players from all around the world continue to support this game. Let’s be clear, here, PUBG is a highly addictive video game that brings more tension to every match than Fortnite Battle Royale.
It’s one of the reasons why I do not play Fortnite. Winning just doesn’t feel rewarding, but when it comes down to PUBG, that’s where the action is at. So, understanding that the Xbox One version of the game has surpassed five million players should be great news, but such is not the case.
“This week we’re celebrating yet another milestone for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Xbox One: we have now passed 5M players! We’re very excited that the community continues to grow – reaching over 5 million players in less than 3 months is a major accomplishment and we’re happy so many of you are enjoying the game,” according to Bluehole.
It’s Time to Optimize PUBG
Bluehole, the developer behind the game, has gained millions of dollars ever since PUBG broke out onto the gaming scene back in 2017. The game grew quickly to eventually become the best performing video game on Steam, and then in just three months, it has garnered over five million players on the Xbox.
With a large number of players loyal to this game, one would think the developer would put more effort in optimizing the title for the Xbox One. Unfortunately, that is not the case because it regularly runs below 30 frames-per-second, and that’s unacceptable for a modern shooter.
Now, in a recent forum post, the developer laid out its plans for the future, and that includes the optimization of the game. In fact, Bluehole says it’s not happy with the current performance gains, but at the same time, it has managed to release a mobile version of PUBG.
With the growing number of players jumping on the Xbox One version, you’d expect the developer to focus much of its attention on making sure the game runs well. Folks should be outraged because PUBG isn’t a free game, and for that alone, it should run as expected.
It’s a disgrace that Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play video game, performs much better than the competition that gives a paid experience.
We Need More Maps
It’s 2018, therefore, it should be an act of blasphemy for any multiplayer game to launch with a single map. But that’s exactly what PUBG did, and despite the enjoyment, many gamers have had, it’s clear the same map over and over again is finally becoming a bore.
Let’s face the truth; PUBG is an incomplete game with bugs and performance issues galore. It is probably in Bluehole’s best interest to make way for a big acquisition by a major publisher because clearly, the developer does not have the expertise needed to get the many issues under control.