Another day, another update for the relentlessly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Nope, it’s not map selection (as if), but there are some interesting features here. Not least of which the ability to spectate the player who offed you.
As we know, PUBG and Fortnite, the rival it inspired, are right at the pinnacle of battle royale video games. There they are right at the top, utterly dominating the genre. Granted, they’re sitting up there relentlessly bickering and making cheap yo mama jokes from the nineties about each other, but that’s immaterial.
What matters is, both games have developed their own distinct and dedicated followings, and neither wants to concede one iota of ground to the other. It’s like the Mario vs Sonic console wars back in the day; all bitter whining, pettiness and such. Or so the memes would have you believe. In reality (at least, in PR reality), rivalries like this are healthy for the industry, inspiring both titles to keep moving forward and improving.
Just a few weeks ago at GDC 2018, PUBG creator Brendan Greene stated, “It’s great that the battle royale space is expanding and Fortnite is getting battle royale game mode in the hands of a lot more people.” The relationship is super strained, though. Still whichever side of the argument you support, there’s no denying that each title offers something unique to the genre that the other could learn from. For instance, PUBG fans, have you ever wanted to spectate your shooter, Fortnite-style? Well, now you can.
Earlier this week, the team revealed the details of PUBG PC 1.0 Update #9. This has brought various little fixes and such to the game, such as addressing that darn vehicle bug that sent you flying around like an extra from Fast & Furious at times. Other minor fixes include a change to the voice chat settings, which will now default to ‘Team Only.’
The biggest deal, of course, is the spectator mode that’s being implemented. All you need to do is hit the Watch button on your match result screen. This doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but it can be super interesting to watch successful players and pick up tips on the fly.
It may not do much for the game’s supposedly toxic community, though. Nobody likes a showboater.