PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is not fairly the genre-leading big it was again in 2017, where it led the cost in a style so profitable it spawned a complete busses stuffed with imitators, together with Fortnite’s Battle Royale later in the identical yr. Nonetheless, it has been getting regular updates, and its move to a free-to-play mannequin in 2022 has saved it trucking alongside properly bar some main issues with cheaters.

Krafton’s newest 2024 roadmap video features a host of introduced adjustments, together with the very thrilling chance that you can dig a gap. Perhaps. As a part of a plan to introduce “vibrant gameplay experiences”, which I assume are preferable to boring gameplay experiences, Krafton says that destructible environments are coming to PUBG.

“This yr, we goal to introduce a ‘destructible space’. The concept started with the thought that an interactive world may open up a wider vary of methods and techniques,” a Krafton dev says, utilizing the instance of breaking open a door and chucking a grenade by it. A video performs of a chicken-dinner hopeful digging a small gap with a pickaxe. Nevertheless, “discussions are nonetheless ongoing in numerous elements,” and whereas Krafton says the update will probably be coming in April, it’s going to solely be “to some extent.” 

Different thrilling notes embrace gunplay changes (with public testing) each two months, “action-oriented” options together with a possible zipline, new game modes, higher bots, improved matchmaking, and—most excitingly—user-generated content material (UGC), alongside an improve to Unreal Engine 5.

“We’re making ready an UGC mod to grant a excessive stage of freedom to customers … our aim is to make sure PUBG stays cherished for thus lengthy by offering an surroundings where you possibly can create your individual world in keeping with your guidelines.” 

Krafton additionally devoted a considerable portion of its update to addressing the way it’ll be dealing with cheaters, following its deployment of AI fashions to assist minimize rulebreakers off on the source final yr—it claims that the “state of affairs has been stabilised now”, although it admits that its new anti-killjoy tech nonetheless has “vital room for additional enhancement, because the variety of cheaters remains to be substantial.” Whereas Krafton’s focus has been on the game’s ranked mode, it intends to increase the (soon-to-be-longer) arm of the regulation to different modes as properly.