PUBG servers are going down today for quite a long period of maintenance.
Developers Bluehole Inc. warned players earlier this week that the popular Steam and PC game would be offline for some hours.
This is for the PUBG 1.0 release, which will bring the title out of early access and includes a lot of new updates and features.
The official PUBG server downtime period begins at around midnight GMT, and will last for around seven hours.
“To ensure a successful and smooth launch, we have altered the PC 1.0 maintenance schedule,” a message from Bluehole Inc reads.
“It will start 2 hours earlier but end at the same time as before. Thank you for your understanding.”
– Start: Dec 20 4PM PST / Dec 21 1AM CET
– End: Dec 20 11PM PST / Dec 21 8AM CET
During this time, PUBG will be unavailable to play on both the normal and test servers.
There’s also the chance that this maintenance period could be extended, especially with how large this rollout could prove to be.
It should also be noted that there will be the added chance of server instability afterward, with it likely that many will want to try out the full version of the game, straight away.
Bluehole have also provided more details on the new leaderboard season, which will start with the PC 1.0 update.
The development say they are making changes to the way rank is displayed. This is how the new leaderboard system will work:
- Places 1 to 1000 – same as before, number based rank
- Below 1001 – percentage based rank
- If a player has not played enough matches or does not have a sufficient score, their rank will not be displayed.
“We expect these changes to improve the leaderboard stability and rank update delay.
“Besides, we think that the new system makes for better readability in terms of understanding one’s relative position compared to the rest of the players.
“We will of course keep improving and implementing new features for the leaderboard system in the coming months.”
Version 1.0 will introduce climbing and vaulting, which are said to severely change the game.
Players will be better able to escape from danger and potentially sneak up on enemies hidden indoors.
The newly revealed Miramar map, meanwhile, will provide players with new gameplay strategies.
Other big changes coming with PUBG 1.0 will be the ability to choose between maps, as well as view the new killcam to help improve gameplay, and also spot cheaters.