PUBG Corporation suffered somewhat of a slump throughout 2018 starting back in the first quarter of the year. The game began losing a lot of steam on Steam (pun intended) as Epic Games' Fortnite became a worldwide phenomenon. The slump has been rectified, though, and the game is now seeing a lot of new life on Steam after climbing its concurrent player base back up to the top.
Eurogamer is reporting that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has managed to climb its concurrent players back up to 1.1 million after being stuck in the 900,000 range throughout most of 2018. As noted in the article, November, 2018 saw the lowest concurrent player count at just 895,650.
So why the spike in the concurrent count of players? Vikendi.
PUBG Corporation recently released the snow-filled map on PC and mobile devices, giving gamers a whole new range of sandbox goodies to mess around with, shoot through, blow up, and drive around. This includes the new maze garden, an abandoned launch site, a park, and a ski resort. The new biome also comes with brand new weather conditions, where players will have to contend with visibility-affecting variables such as snowstorms and fog.
Apparently, the extra map, along with the new Christmas-themed weapons and outfits, was enough to reignite the passion gamers had for the game, and get them to dive back into the zaniness of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
While the current 1.1 million number for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is less than half of their maximum peak (which was 3.2 million) it's a sign of changing times for PUBG Corporation as they reel in the bad vibes and attempt to retrieve the goodwill of the community. All throughout 2018 the game saw a bleed-off of its player base due to a number of factors, including constant optimization issues, a widespread issue of dealing with hackers, and the fact that a lot of players had issues with lag due to the servers mixing in people from the Americas, China, and Russia, creating a pretty hostile environment filled with rubberbanding.
Some of the complaints seemed to have lessened as the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds popped up, but one look at the Steam page and you'll note that some gamers are still having problems with getting into games and having a solid experience.
So while PUBG Corporation may still have issues on its hands, it's showing that with new content and attempting to continually address the optimization problems, the development studio is working towards fixing some of the major issues.
I'm also pretty sure that having Kong Island's Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing that awesome live-action trailer helped a lot with putting the game back onto the radar of some people who may have written it off a while back. Apart from the Steam player count going on the rise, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is also available on the PS4 and Xbox One as well.