PC Update 1.0 #3. Multiple spawn islands now to improve server performance
"Players, as you know, we're always working towards optimizing our gameplay environment. We are planning to enhance the performance by adjusting some aspects of the game without impacting the gameplay in any conceivably negative way. Through the last patch, we were able to improve server and client performance by adjusting the visible distance while the character is in the air. In the current patch we are spreading out the pre-match starting locations. Previously, all the players would spawn together at the same location awaiting the start of the match. Lots of interaction among multiple players in such a small area had a high impact on the servers. To solve this, we have introduced multiple areas where players gather before the match start. As a result, the performance, both server and client-side, has improved. Additional modifications are also on the way related to the airplane performance improvement. More details will be shared soon. We will also be testing a new security (anti-cheat) measure that is still under development but we want to start gathering some data regarding it's stability and compatibility. Some PCs may experience compatibility issues during this test, which may cause crashes when running the game. If this happens to you, please take a screenshot of the error screen and post it here [forums.playbattlegrounds.com] When the changes on the test servers are evaluated to be stable, they will be applied to the live servers. The time for the live server update will be announced later. Gameplay Introduced multiple pre-match starting areas on both maps in order to optimize the server and game client performance Removed weapons on starting island before the match start Language Applied new Russian, Japanese and Chinese (simplified/traditional) fonts Bug fixes Fixed the issue where players were able to slide-jump from prone Thank you. The PUBG Development and Community Team" So, to improve server stability there will now be multiple spawn islands. I guess this makes sense as a fix; instead of requiring each player's PC to render 99 other people and their actions, you can cut that number in half. But wouldn't this not have any effect on the actual game? After all, everyone still gets in the same airplane. Personally, I'm hyped for there to be no more guns on Erangel's starting island. We don't need to mute any more, and no more crossbow bolts to the eye. Hallelujah.