#GamingBytes: Players react negatively to PUBG server changes
PUBG or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, recently, started bringing in several changes to its gameplay following the feedback from gamers. The efforts to improve overall experience are laudable. However, its recent change has met with negative reactions. PUBG ditched its previous server selection option in favor of region locking as gamers had demanded. But, the plan backfired as PUBG faced backlash. Here's more.
PUBG introduced the server change in Update 22, a few days back. It ensured that the servers were automatically decided based on the region of players. In the case of groups with players from different regions, the game selects the best region to play in. Although this makes sense, players have complained about being sent to unfamiliar regional servers and suffering poor gameplay experience.
While some poor online experiences were due to high pings in unknown servers, most of it was due to matchmaking with Chinese players. Without being offensive, players had initially wanted region-locking because Chinese players would cheat in-game. Despite the update, western players have still found themselves being matched with Chinese players. They are now calling for a region lock on only Chinese gamers.
The developers have noted the complaints and recognized problems in the global matchmaking system. The system seems to place players outside their regional local servers. Some regions had a bug which affected the matchmaking and developers have released a patch to resolve the issue. Notably, they have not informed the gaming community what the bug was or how their patch would address it.