When a game is in Early Access or moving through Microsoft's Game Preview program, there are bound to be missteps, hiccups, rollbacks, and upsets that completely alter the way the game plays, and then some. Well, PUBG Corporation just encountered the first major situation in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that requires a rollback on the most major update made to the Xbox One version of the game.
Over on the official PUBG forums, the developers informed the community that patch #8 has been released and it fixes a number of bugs as well as removes a major change made to the game's vehicles. Vehicle damage taken and vehicle damage given to players has been reverted.
According to the community manager, the team received a lot of feedback on how vehicles operated, and gamers were not at all pleased with the new changes, prompting PUBG Corporation to revert back to the old changes.
In the original update, the vehicles were modified so that they took a lot more damage in the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, with the wheels in particular being susceptible to breaking or deflating with just a little bit of gunfire. The team also increased the damage dealt to vehicles when running into objects at high-speeds, as well as the damage that players received when getting hit by vehicles, and the damage dealt out when vehicles would come into contact with grenades and explosives.
The whole thing seemed like a step in the right direction, especially as far as realism was concerned, but that wasn't exactly what the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds community wanted when it came to the gameplay features out of the Battle Royale survival game.
So, after careful deliberation and feedback, PUBG Corporation decided the best course of action was to revert back to a more stable build of the game and the kind of vehicular setup that the fans appreciated the most and had the most fun with.
I think in the end that's really what it all boils down to, having fun. Making the vehicles more realistic may have seemed like a smart thing to do at first, but I think if people wanted an H1Z1 or DayZ experience they can very well hop on over to those games right now for that kind of experience.
As far as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is concerned, PUBG Corporation is still updating the game. The latest patch not only reverts the vehicle stats and behavior but the team also squeezed in bugfixes as well, including a bug that prevented players from vaulting over certain ledges and windows, as well as a vehicle-related bug where they would instantly teleport to another position on the map once the player stepped out. I can only imagine how frustrating that bug must have been for teams who attempted to pick up another member or drive to another location for an item, only to have the vehicle teleport away.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is available right now for PC via Steam, and is also available in the early access Game Preview for Xbox One gamers. It's also scheduled to release later on for the PS4.