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PUBG launch day celebrations include a free in-game Chicken Dinner t-shirt

A speedy nine months after arriving on Steam Early Access, this year’s multiplayer smash hit – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG – has launched. Our PUBG review went up this morning in case you missed it.

Full patch notes for the PUBG version 1.0 update, which introduces the new desert Miramar map, can be found on Steam (they’re too lengthy to post here). To celebrate the occasion, everyone will receive a free Winner Winner Chicken Dinner t-shirt in the game when they log in.


The PUBG team prepared a little speech too. “This is the day we’ve all been waiting for and working towards,” it said, “and it’s finally here.

“The 1.0 launch marks the end of the first chapter of our development team’s effort to bring forth the best battle royale experience for our players. But this is just the beginning.

“Reaching version 1.0 for us means establishing the basic structure for the smooth battle royale gameplay of our game. Balancing and polishing in terms of gunplay, sound, animations and other features and systems will continue after launch.”

One area the team highlighted for improvement was server stability, which improved with 1.0 “but we understand that this is not enough”. “We have identified various causes for the stability issues and are expecting progressive improvements going forward,” the PUBG team said. This may involve limiting maximum ping but requires more research first.

“We’ve strengthened cheat prevention measures and continue to reinforce them,” the team added. All the work done has helped reduce the number of players trying to use cheats by an estimated 65.7 per cent, apparently.

“We are also continuing to actively remove banned players from our leaderboards. No online multiplayer game can remove all cheaters but we will continue to direct our best efforts towards reducing the number of cheaters as much as possible and maintaining a fair play environment.”

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