PUBG has rolled back a recent patch that caused enormous problems for players, including random crashes and massive slowdowns.
As with any competitive online multiplayer game, performance matters. Not just player performance, but also how well your computer can display information on screen. If you’re dropping frames or your screen freezes, it could be the difference between life and death.
So when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds released a patch last week that caused nearly everyone’s experience to slow to a crawl, or sometimes even crash entirely, it caused a bit of an uproar from players.
In addition to all the good, PUBG introduced new anti-cheat software to solve that pesky problem of rampant cheating. It’s almost guaranteed that in any given game at least one person is cheating in some form or another, and PUBG has struggled with cheaters for months now.
Unfortunately, the new anti-cheat software apparently went haywire, causing massive slowdowns in PC performance. For some it even caused the game to crash randomly.
PUBG initially responded to player concerns over the weekend saying that the patch wouldn’t be rolled back so they could continue to combat cheaters, but by Monday the outcry was so loud that PUBG had a change of heart.
PC players, despite its effectiveness in blocking cheats, we have decided to roll back our latest live server update.— PUBG Help (@PUBG_help) March 11, 2018
We will continue to resolve some compatibility issues caused by it. There will be a small patch to download. We apologize for the inconvenience.
On a recent Reddit post, a PUBG dev tried to troubleshoot for players and explained what was happening with the recent patch:
"We didn’t proactively announce this, but part of the update yesterday included some new anti-cheat solutions that have unfortunately caused many of the problems that folks in this thread are having."
"Some of us in the office have experienced the same problems ourselves, and after some troubleshooting we’ve determined that various programs are interfering with our anti-cheat solution, and that there’s a lot of tweaking we need to do on our end to fix that."
With the patch rolled back, PUBG continues to suffer at the hand of cheaters and players are once again taking up the usual refrain of “region lock China” in the Steam forum comments.