Gamers react to announcement of PUBG finally leaving Steam Early Access

Cal Jeffrey

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PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds is finally leaving Steam Early Access. The game's official Twitter account announced the news last night.

"Players, we will be leaving Early Access and launching PC 1.0 on Dec 20 11PM PST. The maintenance on live servers for 1.0 will start Dec 20 4PM PST / Dec 21 3AM CET and last for 5 hours. 1.0 release patch notes and our plans beyond the release will be shared with you soon. Please note that once the live servers go into maintenance, the test servers will also be closed. This is to ensure a smooth transition to PC 1.0. We hope for your understanding."

It seems like PUBG has been stuck in Early Access forever but in reality, it has only been nine months since its arrival. Other games have remained in beta for much longer. ARK: Survival Evolved, for example, spent almost two years in Steam’s Early Access.

Browsing through comments on the announcement shows that feelings are mixed about the release within the community. Some say it’s about time while others feel the game is still not ready.

“So wait... You're launching 1.0 on the 20th... at 11pm pacific... What kind of release is this???” says one follower.

“A rushed, amateur release,” another responded.

Many others shared the same sentiment, stating that due to the recent troubles with the game (rubber banding, low frame rates, etc.), the timing of the release is extremely premature.

Some, however, think that it is totally fine.

A Reddit user points out that it doesn’t matter whether it is in Early Access or not. As a solely online multiplayer game, it is always going to be expanding and fixing bugs no matter what version number is attached to it.

One user on Twitter couldn’t decide if he was happy or mad:

“They have put so much money and time into. Its time for a proper launch. And anyway, its done before christmas so alot of peole are gonna be happy. But yet they still can't get there servers to not rubber band at the start of a game.... thats one thing I'm pissed about.”

Others speculate that PlayerUnknown is only doing a “last minute release” so that Battlegrounds will qualify for Game of the Year consideration. However, many publications including Polygon and Rolling Stone have already named it as their GOTY.

Plus, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene went on record at the Game Awards saying he doesn’t think it deserves Game of the Year. PUBG was nominated for GOTY at the awards show but lost to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As such, accolades are not likely to be the motivation behind the move out of Early Access.

Regardless of how the community feels about it (or PlayerUnknown's rationale behind it), Battlegrounds 1.0 is officially launching tonight, December 20, at 11:00 p.m. PST.

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seefizzle

TS Evangelist
What does rubber banding mean?

My biggest gripe with the game is that I'm playing with nothing but drunk chinese people that speak no english. How about some region locking please?
 

MonsterZero

TS Evangelist
What does rubber banding mean?

My biggest gripe with the game is that I'm playing with nothing but drunk chinese people that speak no english. How about some region locking please?
Rubber banding is like lag glitching, you appear to be in one place while you're actually not. Its due to piss poor overloaded servers.

This game is so bad, I really don't understand the hype around this game. There are better FPS games on the market.
 
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seefizzle

TS Evangelist
Rubber banding is like lag glitching, you appear to be in one place while you're actually not. Its due to piss poor overloaded servers.

This game is so bad, I really don't understand the hype around this game. There are better FPS games on the market.
I've heard multiple people bag on PUBG and it makes me question whether or not it's a good game, then I think about it and I mean, I have a good time when I play the game. Perhaps it's just a matter of taste. It doesn't appeal to some people. I totally love how intense it is. If it's not intense, you're not giving it the proper amount of attention or playing the game right. Like if you're playing the game and you don't really give a **** what happens, I can see how it would be boring or stupid or not that entertaining. On the other hand, if you're paying attention to everything and actually trying to win the game, being careful with all your movements and actions, it's one of the most intense games out there. I like the game. I like the game a lot.
 

texasrattler

TS Evangelist
Just so ppl know or understand why some ppl are pissed, its because of how everyone was told that the update would be releasing on the 20th but no where did it mention it was only for pst and that the actual release would be for dec. 21st early in the morning.
This is the crap Pubg brings on themselves n some feel that they were lied to.

Dont hide things away, just simply say that the update will be out dec 21. there was no reason to say dec. 20 when they knew most wouldnt be getting it then. that was shady.
 

ghostf1re

TS Guru
I'm glad this game didn't win GOTY. It simply didn't deserve it. Best multiplayer game? Maybe. GOTY should encompass a wide spectrum of play and offer a lot of content. This game is multiplayer only, has relatively bad optimization, and the servers struggle at the beginning of a match. Lets not forget their console release. That's a mess in and of itself. BOTW deserved GOTY from the day it launched. It's an excellent game. For those who would argue it's just a single player game. Yes, it is, but it's an incredible single player game with a massive amount of content.

That being said, I enjoy PUBG, but arguing GOTY for it just sounds ridiculous in it's current state. Also for the record, I don't care if the game comes out in the calendar year 2017. If it misses the VGA's, it shouldn't be eligible until the following year. The game wasn't even officially released at the time of the VGA's. Allowing it to be eligible would be almost the same as giving an actor or actress an Oscar because they appeared in a trailer of a movie that hasn't been released yet.
 

Reehahs

TS Guru
This game was better off starting as a mod for Crysis 3 and spinning off from there. There would be less problems with optimisation and it would look stellar.
 

ghostf1re

TS Guru
This game was better off starting as a mod for Crysis 3 and spinning off from there. There would be less problems with optimisation and it would look stellar.
Was it really a mod? I had no idea if that was the case. I only heard about the game after I saw Jackfrags on YouTube playing it.
 
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BlueDrake

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Was it really a mod? I had no idea if that was the case. I only heard about the game after I saw Jackfrags on YouTube playing it.
Apparently so, just decided to go standalone in Unreal Engine 4. Which is a great engine, but of course they really don't seem to put much of a push behind fixing their problems. At least from what I've been understanding, wanting to shove the game out the "Early Access" door. Fortnite offers basically an identical gameplay experience for free, on top of the mechanics of building ramps, walls, etc.

Even admitted to be inspired by the game, which then caused them to get a lot of free publicity from PUBG's team. Just it's clear they are working outside their abilities, and having to learn things while getting help from the one creating the engine. Despite the clear blame they tried to lay at their feet, that things would be clearly un-optimized for their game. Basically stealing ideas and making it so rivals can't get a properly working engine.

Surprised there's a lot of people, who just didn't know the game existed but it was a PC exclusive. Even it's release on console, is pretty terrible and I shudder to understand how console gamers can enjoy it.
 
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H3llion

TechSpot Paladin
Was it really a mod? I had no idea if that was the case. I only heard about the game after I saw Jackfrags on YouTube playing it.
Apparently so, just decided to go standalone in Unreal Engine 4. Which is a great engine, but of course they really don't seem to put much of a push behind fixing their problems. At least from what I've been understanding, wanting to shove the game out the "Early Access" door. Fortnite offers basically an identical gameplay experience for free, on top of the mechanics of building ramps, walls, etc.

Even admitted to be inspired by the game, which then caused them to get a lot of free publicity from PUBG's team. Just it's clear they are working outside their abilities, and having to learn things while getting help from the one creating the engine. Despite the clear blame they tried to lay at their feet, that things would be clearly un-optimized for their game. Basically stealing ideas and making it so rivals can't get a properly working engine.

Surprised there's a lot of people, who just didn't know the game existed but it was a PC exclusive. Even it's release on console, is pretty terrible and I shudder to understand how console gamers can enjoy it.
I played Fortnite, while great, PUBG feels more "intense", mainly due to art-style. Feels more "real life"
 

Prosercunus

TS Maniac
I have yet to really play this game or read much on it. I wouldn't mind a free weekend to try it out and see if it's worth it. I have such a backlog of games but sometimes something worthy will get passed to the front of the line.