Anti-Cheat Update Delayed, ReShade Blocked

PC players,

As announced, the new anti-cheat solution that was to be applied today has been delayed.

However, BattlEye, a part of our anti-cheat solution, has blocked ReShade. For you to run the game, you must uninstall ReShade. If the game files are already damaged, you must also reinstall the game.

ReShade not only behaves like a cheat program but can also be used for cheating, and must therefore be blocked. Please be advised that this is a permanent block.

Thank you.

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Anti-Cheat Update - 06.02.18

Hello everyone,

 

As already mentioned in our dev blog, we will be deploying an anti-cheat update tomorrow. The update will go live at Feb 5 6PM PST / Feb 6 3AM CET / 11AM KST and there will be no downtime for the servers. 

 

The new anti-cheat feature will block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way. What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files. Programs that are not used to gain an unfair advantage can also be blocked if they behave like cheats. 

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Anti-Cheat Update

Players,We would like to update you regarding our anti-cheat measures. 

As stated in our Rules of Conduct, "Play Fair and Respect Other Players" is a principle around which our game is built. To get the full Battle Royale experience, all 100 players must play fair. This is why we have been following the above principle of fair play and respect for others since the first pre-alpha test in July 2016. 

As you drop out of the airplane and the intense journey to become the last survivor begins, the last thing a player wants to see is a cheater. We deeply sympathize with the inconvenience that our players are experiencing due to cheat programs and we are doing our best to fight those who create, distribute and use cheats. Our top goal is to create an environment that facilitates smooth and unhindered enjoyment of all the aspects of PUBG.

To this end, we have established a dedicated team to focus on combating cheat programs and since our launch on early access we have been committed to detecting and preventing such programs. As part of that effort, we have developed a new anti-cheat solution internally. We will be introducing an early version of the solution on our live servers next week (this is the solution that is currently being tested on our test servers). This solution will complement the systems that have been developed and implemented already. Its main focus for now is blocking unauthorized programs but it will be further developed to broaden the scope of its abilities. 

This feature will also block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way. What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files. Programs that are not used to gain an unfair advantage can also be blocked if they behave like cheats. 

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"Desperado" Key Issue Fixed

Players, recently there was an issue with "Desperado" keys being sold briefly after the PC 1.0 launch.

 

Players who purchased these were stuck with a key that couldn't be used for any crates.

To fix this problem, we have swapped all the "Desperado" keys for Early Bird keys.

 

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Testing Blue Zone Balance Adjustment & More

PC players,

 

After PC 1.0 launch, our highest priority has been ensuring a fair and competitive environment by combating cheats and decreasing the amount of their users as well as address any optimization and stability issues to create a more enjoyable environment.

 

We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action. This week, we performed a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed analysis of tens of millions of data logs. Through this exercise, we were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of cheat and now we have confirmed that it was clearly an attempt of compromising our game. These players will be permanently banned in a single wave. This is an example of additional measures we will be taking on top of the basic detection systems in place. We will continue to check the data logs like this even if it means the anti-cheat team has to filter through hundreds of billions of data logs manually. In addition, we are looking into adopting a new solution to detect and ban more cheaters and we have been continuously strengthening our security systems. We have also liaised with investigative authorities in some countries to take legal actions against developers and distributors of cheats. We are determined to take strong measures against them going forward. 

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PC 1.0 Update #2 Follow Up: Client Optimization and Bug Fixes

PC players,

 

We have deployed a patch on our live servers today to fix some bugs. Please download the patch via your Steam client.

Please find the patch notes below.

 

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PC 1.0 Update #2 Follow Up: BP Compensation

Players,

We would first like to offer our most sincere apologies to our users who could not fully enjoy the game because BP was not given out properly, an issue which had occurred after the PC 1.0 launch, up until the Dec 27th (Wed) scheduled maintenance.

We are compensating you for this loss. BP is given out to users all around the world, so it might not be received right away after clicking on the popup informing you about your BP compensation. Please be patient, you will get your compensation.

Restored BPs can be earned until Feb 9 11:59PM UTC so make sure to log in and claim them.

In addition, the Early Bird key for opening Desperado and Gamescom crates is now back on sale after the maintenance.

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PC 1.0 Update #2

 

Players, as we have said on numerous occasions, we are committed to creating a fair play environment in PUBG and are always looking for ways to decrease the amount of active cheats and their users. As part of our latest efforts in this direction, we are adding a new way to report suspected cheaters in-game. Starting with the current test build (once the testing is complete, this feature will be moved to the live servers as well), you will be able to report players directly from the replay feature of our game. This means that you no longer need to be killed by a suspected cheater for you to be able to use the in-game reporting tool. We encourage you to use the replay report tool as it is an effective and efficient way of making us aware of the players who are undermining your enjoyment of the game. Please refer to the patch notes below for a more detailed explanation of how to use the new in-game report feature. 

We have continued to stabilize the game performance since the 1.0 release. We will be tweaking a few things to improve the performance of the game without comprising any gameplay elements. For example, in this test build, we have reduced the visible distance while in the air - this will improve the performance of the server and client in the beginning of the match. We plan to make small changes to the starting islands too in order to achieve similar goals. 

We will also be testing the new crate system with two new crates. We know some of you have been looking forward to this. One crate will be free to open and the other one will require a key. Every test server user will be granted 100 000 BP and 6 Early Bird keys (the new unified PUBG crate key that can open Desperado and Gamescom crates), so that they can test the new crates and the items within. Each time you spend BP to get a crate, you will get one of the 4 available crates. There will be a much higher chance of getting one of the two new ones. You can see the exact percentage values below. The BP value, the new items and the keys won’t be transferred to live accounts. They are granted purely for the purpose of testing, to make sure that everything stays stable once the test build is moved to the live servers. As always, all our crate items are purely cosmetic in nature and provide no gameplay advantage.

Please read the detailed patch notes below to learn about these and other changes and fixes included in the current test build and please keep providing your valuable feedback on our forums: https://forums.playbattlegrounds.com/forum/40-test-server/

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New Crate System FAQ

New crate system FAQ

 

What is a crate?

Crates are virtual boxes that can be purchased within PUBG and carry clothes and accessories that a character can wear. These items do not impact gameplay and only serve as cosmetic items. Various cosmetic items are included in different types of crates.

 

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Updated User Report Process

Players, as you know, combating cheaters is one of our highest priorities at the moment and we are doing our best to reduce their numbers down to a

minimum. We use a number of automatic and manual methods to continuously detect and deter cheats and their users. The in-game report function has been helping us greatly throughout this process. All the cheat reports you submit are thoroughly reviewed before any measures are taken. 

Please use the in-game Report Player tool to report suspected cheaters, teamers, teamkillers and users with improper nicknames. 

To provide additional information or to report any other violations of our Rules of Conduct, please visit the PUBG Customer Support and submit a request.

To get the best results, please also submit video evidence. 

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PUBG Customer Support guide

Need assistance?

You can reach out for help if you’re playing PUBG on Steam or Xbox. For issues that need evidence, please attach related screenshots/video clips. This will speed up the process greatly. For inquiries related to Steam or Microsoft’s accounts and hardware issues, please contact relevant customer support.  

➢Our support page

Go to: https://pubgsupport.zendesk.com. You can select a preferred language.

 

 

➢ Search your inquiry on “FAQ”.

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PC 1.0 Update #1

 

Players,Today, we are going to deploy a patch and the live servers will be under maintenance for two hours. 

Before we dive into the patch notes, we would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the intermittent lag and character position readjustment issues our players are experiencing during matches. Creating a smooth playing environment to allow our players to fully enjoy Battle Royale was one of our top priorities for PC 1.0 launch. However, a multitude of causes have triggered the in-game lag issue to become worse or happen more frequently in the last few weeks. In the process, we were not able to implement the measures to visibly address the issue more quickly. 

Contrary to most expectations, there is a combination of causes that lead to the in-game lag and character position readjustment issues. The issues cannot be attributed to one or two causes and have stemmed from a combination of different factors which is why we need to continuously work on resolving and investigating the problem. We upgraded our game engine to the latest version and made changes to the game when we added new content. The problem resulted from these changes as well as several other causes. 

In this patch, we have removed some inefficiencies in server infrastructure and optimized in-game servers to alleviate the problem. More specifically, we made adjustments to reduce the bottleneck during the game server launch phase and also resolved some server hitch issues. 

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Celebrating PC 1.0 launch

This is the day we’ve all been waiting for and working towards, and it’s finally here. Today we come out of Early Access and everyone can enjoy the PC 1.0 version of our game. To celebrate this event, everyone who boots up PUBG in the next few weeks will get a new free in-game Winner Winner Chicken Dinner tshirt. It will be dropped in your inventory after logging in. Do not miss this chance to get this limited edition tshirt, let your PUBG squadmates know too. 

The 1.0 launch marks the end of the first chapter of our development team’s effort to bring forth the best battle royale experience for our players. But this is just the beginning. After 1.0 is out, we will continue to uphold our open development principles and keep listening to your feedback, as we have done through Alpha, Beta and Early Access stages of the process. Reaching version 1.0 for us means establishing the basic structure for the smooth Battle Royale gameplay of our game. Balancing and polishing in terms of gunplay, sound, animations and other features and systems will continue after launch. 

We’ve been working hard to address some of the most important issues for our community members and have seen some improvements recently that we wanted to share with you. 

We’ve implemented two waves of adjustments to deal with server stability issues since PC 1.0 test build #3 hit our test servers. We estimate that there was around 50% decrease in stability issues experiences by players. However, we understand that this is not enough. We have identified various causes for the stability issues and are expecting progressive improvements going forward. 

As we announced earlier, we are considering limiting maximum ping depending on user network status in order to establish a smooth gameplay environment and enhance server stability. Before applying the measure to all regions, we will need to fully investigate its feasibility and analyze the outcome, so we will be running a limited test. After implementation, players with a high ping difference from average ping range for the region or players connecting over long distance will not be able to connect to a match. As a result, only players in a certain ping range would be able to enjoy the game together in the same server which leads to a more stable and smooth environment. We will keep you updated on our progress as we continue looking into this method and analyzing our results. 

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1.0 Release Patch Notes

* Please note that when the deathcam and replay function is activated, performance can be lowered on some PCs.

 

 Client Optimization

Optimized terrain data to reduce memory usage Optimized texture to reduce memory usage Optimized the sea by reducing wave effects Reduced the lag issue when multiple players are in sight Optimized character animations Decrease memory usage of characters Added LODs to further optimize weapon rendering for long distance Optimized various world effects Optimized various UI elements Reduced the lag issue when terrain is loading Decreased terrain loading time

 Server Optimization

Reduced the server lag issue of players moving abnormally

 

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Xbox Game Preview Patch Notes #1

Xbox Players,

We are glad players are enjoying PUBG in Xbox Game Preview and we appreciate all of the great feedback we’ve received. We take listening and reacting to our player base seriously, and we will work with our community to find opportunity to continually improve the player experience while in “XGP” and beyond.  

Please continue to bring your feedback, questions and enthusiasm to: https://forums.playbattlegrounds.com/forum/178-xbox/

This patch will be live at 1AM PST / 10AM CET / 6PM KST. Please restart your Xbox after the patch goes live to get the update.

Here are the first of many Xbox-focused patch notes to come: 

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1.0 Test Build Patch Notes #3

 

Players, we are now very close to leaving Early Access and no efforts are spared in preparation for bringing you the best possible experience with PC 1.0. Before we move on to the patch notes, we wanted to briefly talk about a few important issues. 

Our original idea was “this is Battle Royale and players should be able to survive in any environment”. This is why weather was made to be random together with which map is being played on. But we heard your feedback - we understand that you see the new map as an almost separate mode. So we came to the conclusion that it is best to allow our players to choose which map they want to play on. However, we have 3 team modes and 2 perspectives - TPP and FPP. Adding map selection will result in there effectively being 12 game modes in total. You also need 100 players to fully experience Battle Royale. When all these factors are combined, it could be very difficult to offer a seamless experience 24/7 to players looking for matches. In some regions with smaller player bases, many issues are already expected to occur; queueing times could be extremely lengthy, matches may not start at all, matches may start with a number of players that is much lower than 100 in off-peak times. Despite these circumstances, our development team has decided to listen to our community’s feedback. We need some time to address the anticipated problems and technical issues, so maps will not be selectable right after PC 1.0 release. However, we will do our best to add the feature and required systems as soon as we can, so you can enjoy Battle Royale in the map of your choice.

We will be adding solo FPP mode to OCE and SA servers next week. Please keep in mind that outside peak times it may be hard to find FPP matches in these regions, especially after we add the map selection feature. Off-peak times could last anywhere from 11 to 17 hours. But since this is a widely requested game mode in OCE and SA, we still decided to add it and will be monitoring the situation. If there is less than 1 session per 2 hours on average after we add the map selection feature, less popular FPP mode may be closed. We have made a similar decision regarding FPP mode in another region in the past to remove negative experience for our players. We will keep you posted on the schedule for the update.

As we’ve already mentioned a few times, server stability is one of our top priorities. We’ve seen your feedback and our data analysis confirms that some players are having to deal with issues that disrupts their game experience. Alongside other measures we will be implementing, we are now also looking into implementing ping lock to help with server lag and other stability issues. We are in the process of developing this feature and it will be tested in a single region at first. We will keep you updated on our progress. 

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1.0 Test Build Patch Notes #2

We would like to start by expressing our gratitude for all your help with testing Miramar and all the new features added to our game. Your feedback is instrumental for our efforts to improve PUBG. 

Players, we are aware of some ongoing server stability issues and our engineers have been working to alleviate these problems. Creating a smooth playing environment is one of our top priorities. Thank you for your patience. We are looking into different solutions and hope to see some improvements soon. 

From this week we will be adding Erangel back in the mix. We want to test Erangel in conjunction with all the new features as we make our final adjustments for PC 1.0. Taking into consideration player feedback, and different issues being discovered and fixed, we will be applying more patches to the current test build. If any of them require a maintenance period, we will announce the schedule beforehand.

For those of you who missed the announcement, we wanted to note again that the test servers will remain open until the PC 1.0 release. 

Please find the notes for the current patch below.

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Our Journey From Pre-Alpha to 1.0 & Test Build Patch Notes

Players,As we draw ever closer to the release of the PC 1.0 version of our game, we wanted to pause for a moment and take a look back at our journey so far - where we started and how we got where we are today. 

We started working on our game in late March 2016 and conducted the first closed pre-alpha test in July. Back then almost everything besides the main mechanics and the game concept was a placeholder. But we knew that the Battle Royale experience we were offering was unique and the feedback of that small group of first testers confirmed it. From the first pre-alpha test, until this very day, and going into the future, we have always strived to keep our development as open as possible and take into account and act upon player feedback. 

We went through several alpha and beta stages, adding content, improving and optimizing every aspect of the game and opening access to more and more players. Before our release on Steam Early Access in March 2017, after only a year of development, we knew that we already had a small fan base that was looking forward to our Steam release. Our community enjoyed playing the early builds of our game but also really enjoyed watching others play. Based on our testers and viewers reactions we prepared and hoped for a moderate success. We were not prepared for what followed. 

Breaking all kinds of videogame records was a very exciting experience, especially for a small team like ours, but it also meant that we had some very serious stepping up to do. We had to grow as a company and we had to do it very quickly. We hired new people, made opened new departments within the company and finally even separated from Bluehole into PUBG Corporation to better focus on PUBG. 

Since our release on Steam Early Access, we’ve added new areas to the map, a whole range of new weapons, new animations, a new vehicle, fixed a whole lot of bugs, broke quite a few concurrent user records (most of them our own) and there is still so much to do. 

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Miramar, the new desert map revealed

Players,We are excited beyond words that we can finally share the name of our new desert map and tell you a little bit about some of the places you can visit. When we decided to create a new map, we focused on creating an environment that is very different from Erangel. We wanted to go the opposite direction of having lush fields and forests and arrived at the harsh and unforgiving desert of what we can now reveal is Miramar. The unique terrain and dense urban areas of Miramar will create a new Battle Royale experience where the old strategies may no longer work and new tactics are required. We don't want to tell you too much as you will soon be able to experience it all yourself but we did write a few short descriptions of several of the key landmarks and towns. You can find them below, together with the new screenshots.

These aren't the only fun places to visit, of course, but you will have to discover the rest of them on your own. Miramar will be playable during the final test round before PUBG hits version 1.0. When you get your hands on it, you can share your favorite moments, top plays and beautiful vistas from Miramar with us on Twitter and Facebook using

#ThisIsBattleRoyale

See you in-game, The PUBG Development and Community Team

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Vehicle Sounds Improvement

Players,As some of you may already know, we’ve been working on improving vehicle sounds in our game and have spoken to PUBG Sound FX Lead Kyungwon Park and our Action and Gunplay Programmer Marek Krasowski. 

What were your main goals with these changes to vehicle sounds?

Our main goals were improving the quality of the sound effects (and sound samples) and optimizing the vehicle sounds. We decided to change the vehicle audio because our audio quality was subpar compared to the rest of the game sounds. It was problematic especially because we did not have an audio library with the correct vehicle sounds that we have in the game. We researched granular synthesis plugin (REV) and it reduced our usage of channels and CPU per vehicle. This improved the sound quality dramatically by taking the exact engine RPM from each vehicle model.

We also had to modify our vehicles to behave more like real-world vehicles. Now we model acceleration and gear box ratio, engine parameters very similar to the real-world models. This is a system that is already commonly used by many other Triple A racing games. Before, we had vehicle audio effects corresponding to every 1000 rpm, up to the maximum rpm. We used to blend them to suit the specific rpm and it was very hard to make realistic acceleration sounds this way because of a technical limit. The range of sound effects is now extended a lot more but this is still a work in progress and we will add more effects as we go.

Can you briefly explain what kind of work went into improving the vehicle sounds?

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tynmanz Monthly Studio Report: May 2017
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I don't think they should continue to put features into it. They can add them later.

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