PLAYER UNKNOWN BATTLEGROUNDS: EARLY ACCESS UPDATE 1

Battlegrounds will officially be a week old on Early Access as of tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the day that the first new patch will hit the game. Player Unknown himself wrote in a blog post today, exactly what the content roll out will be looking like in the coming months and exactly what we will see in the patch that goes live tomorrow.

It’s great to see a development team be this open about the games progression and what changes they are looking to make. I’ve really enjoyed myself with this game thus far and seeing the open flow of communication from the dev team to the players is both refreshing and rewarding.

Early Access Schedule

During Early Access, we plan to release updates in 3 phases.

  •          Daily updates, to improve server performance
  •          Weekly updates, to push bug fixes & client performance and stability fixes
  •          Monthly updates, to add new content and push balance passes for game-play

Known Issues

There is a rare bug which will cause some buildings not to render for players, allowing them to shoot others seemingly through the walls. We are tracking down the cause of this and will update you when it is fixed.

Sound

A lot of you have given feedback on our positional sounds, and today Marek will explain in a little more detail how sounds work in the game.

Gunshot Sound

  •          Each gunshot sound you hear in game has propagation delay based on distance between source and the listener
  •          The propagation velocity is 340m/s so if a pistol is shot 340m away from the listener, he will see the muzzle flash first and hear the gunshot after 1 second
  •          If gunshot is fired from indoor or there is no direct or approximate line of sight (obstructed), the reverb effect and LPF are applied to the sound effect

Bullet Crack/Whizz Effect

  •          Bullet crack effect (or bullet bow shockwave) is generated when a supersonic projectile passes in close proximity to the listener. The effect can be heard in a closest point on bullet trajectory line. Basically, the sound source is always perpendicular to the trajectory line, so if you hear a bullet crack just in your left headphone, you know that the shooter is either directly in front of you, or behind you

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  •          Most of our weapons are supersonic. This means that you will hear the crack/whizz before you hear the actual gunshot
  •          In a scenario where you see a shooter 1000m away, using AWM (>900m/s muzzle velocity) the events will occur in such order:
  1. You see the muzzle flash
  2. After ~1 sec you hear the crack/whizz (assuming no air drag)
  3. After ~3 sec you hear the gunshot
  •          Bullets passing close to the player will generate a crack sound, the ones passing further away will only generate whizz effect
  •          We blend between different sound samples based on distance (the maximum distance and attenuation characteristic is also affected by suppressor attachment). The close gunshot sounds louder and more clear than the distant one

In the current public build, all bullets generate a sound crack effect. We’ve changed this mechanic by adding a velocity check, so bullets travelling slower than speed of sound will not generate the crack effect but just whizz.

I will do a Q&A session soon to get more feedback on sounds in the game, so stay tuned! – Marek

Client Optimization

In case you missed it last week, here is a look at our schedule for client optimization. This process will take time, and will not be fixed with a single patch. We ask for your patience as we work to improve performance.

Initial Performance Improvements

Key Objectives

  •         To reduce the overload on the CPU, and make sure that the GPU performs to its full capability

Expected Results

  •         Frame rates will be stable even when in high-density areas
  •         Get higher frame rates across all graphic options

ETA: Apr. 14th (Expected to take roughly 5 weeks)

Further Performance Improvements

Step 1:Art assets optimization (Apr. 7th)

  •         Decrease the LOD vertex for buildings seen at long distances
  •         Decrease the total amount of vertex by adjusting the LOD on terrains

ETA: Apr. 7th

Step 2:Improve the rendering performance of terrain and ocean shader (TBD)

Step 3:Decrease the overload on the CPU by rearranging wall near buildings (TBD)

Step 4:Decrease the usage rate of the video memory (TBD)

Leaderboards

Our leaderboard system has proven to be a very popular feature, and for the most part, we are happy with the current ranking system. However, the system will need balancing once we have sufficient data from a good sample size. The ELO system will need many balance passes before it is ready and to complete this we will be wiping the leaderboards on a monthly basis so to allow us to get a clean data-set from any changes we make.

OC/SA Servers

With tomorrow’s client update we will be bringing Oceania and South American servers online. These servers will feature their own regional leaderboards.

Ping Lock

We are looking into implementing a ping lock for our servers. We have no ETA on when this will be added just yet as we have limited resources, and at the moment server performance and stability is our highest priority. We also don’t want to restrict the ability for friends in different regions to play together, but we understand how frustrating it can be playing against high ping players and take this very seriously. Please bear with us while we come up with the best way to add this new feature.{o:p}

Finally today, here are the patch notes for the weekly patch we will push this Thursday.

Week 1 Patch Notes

This patch will be deployed for both clients and servers Thursday, March 30, 5PM KST/1AM PDT/8AM UTC

Out-game

  •          Added Oceanian & South American servers

Server Performance/Stability

  •          Resolved an issue where game server performance would degrade over time
  •          Resolved several server crash issues

Client Stability

  •          Resolved several client crash issues

Client Optimization

  •          Added View Distance setting to graphics options

Gameplay

  •          Adjusted movement speed of endgame play zones
  •          Adjusted weapon sound volume in the lobby

UI

  •          Removed crosshair while in a vehicle and not in the aiming state
  •          Added ability to see item durability state directly in vicinity pane

Bug fixes

  •          Fixed a bug with the volume of crouch walking
  •          Partially addressed performance degradation when opening inventory
  •          Fixed a problem which would allow characters to go under the map in certain areas
  •          Removed the depth of field effect when spectating in team-play modes.
  •          Fixed a bug with the character creation system
  •          Fixed an issue in the REVIVE system where a player would get stuck in the revive animation when the downed player died
  •          Fixed a bug which would cause the PLAYERUNKNOWN hi-top trainers to render incorrectly
  •          Fixed a bug where a character would receive damage from vehicles while behind trees/walls
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