It seems that PUBG has lately been the victim of the fact that it set high expectations. When a game has millions of players at any given moment, it is only natural to deem it unsuccessful once the number of gamers drops under one million.
However, Bluehole is working on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds relentlessly and they are trying to find new ways to make things interesting. It seems that they finally found a way how to do that as the player number is increasing after a long while. In fact, it has passed the one million mark for the first time in three months. The statistics weren’t in favor of PUBG lately. In January 2018, they had an incredible number of concurrent players set at 3.2 million. However, the number has been going down and it went below 900,000 in November 2018. The trend was finally stopped and turned into a positive direction since today’s statistics are encouraging.
Where do the Numbers Come From?
What changes did PUBG implement to see an increase? There is no doubt that a lot of it had to do with Vikendi, the fresh snow map added by Bluehole. The community accepted it well, but that isn’t the only new addition. The developers also completely changed how parachuting works. You can now cut your parachute before you reach the ground, as well as dive or glide while freefalling. It may seem like a small change, but players love it. We guess that the opportunity of landing in a house through a window sounds intriguing.
Although PUBG was the game that started it all when it comes to the popularity of Battle Royale, there is no doubt that Fortnite took the leading position in 2018. Despite that, PUBG still has a lot of fans, especially in Asia where its mobile version is dominating.
You can count the number of games that exceeded the one million mark when it comes to concurrent players on your hands, which implies PUBG is still exceptionally popular and one of the most important factors in the BR genre.