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PUBG • Dec 24, 2018

PUBG hits massive player milestone after release of Vikendi snow map

PUBG hits massive player milestone after release of Vikendi snow map

Battle royale title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has hit a massive milestone after releasing a new major update for the game.

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PUBG was one of the most popular games in the world for a period, with the highlight coming in January 2018 when the game reached an incredible 3.2 million concurrent players.

Since then, PlayerUnknown’s battle royale has experienced a significant drop in players, with just 895,000 peak concurrent players in November 2018, over two million less than 10 months prior.

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However, things may be on the rise for PUBG, as the game has recorded its first growth in concurrent players since January 2018, with 1.1 million concurrent players hopping onto the game in the days following the Vikendi map update.

Many are putting this down to the success the Vikendi map has proved to be, with fans praising the map for giving the game a different feel, while PUBG have also added a new feature called the Survivor Pass, while overhauling the game’s parachute system to the delight of fans.

This updated system allows players to glide or dive during freefall, and allows players to cut their chute before the reach the ground, giving players new ways to get down on the ground and enter combat.

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PUBG's new Vikendi map.

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While this upturn in concurrent players is a good sign, the game still lags far behind competitor Fortnite Battle Royale, which hit 8.3 million concurrent players back in November.

While PUBG may never return to the 3.2 million players it hit in January, the game remains the most popular on Steam, and has recently released on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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