PUBG screenshot of the new rifle weapon skins

[Update]: It took over four years, but PUBG has now gone free-to-play on all platforms.

As you're probably well aware, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has quickly become one of the most popular games out there. While that is definitely a positive thing, it's global playerbase has also resulted in numerous problems, most notably the lag issues that can cause characters to transcend beyond space and time with each step, thus making them nearly impossible to bring down. In order to finally sort this problem out, developer PUBG Corp is now looking towards region-locking servers!

We are always working towards improving the gameplay environment. This includes providing stable network experience for our players," the developers said in a brief announcement on Steam. "You all know that we have implemented ping based matchmaking system that has shown great results but we didn't want to stop there."

"One of the solutions we are considering is operating servers so that only those players who reside in that region can connect and play. These servers will be made invisible to players residing in other regions. But, at the same time, if a player in an exclusive server region forms a team with a player from another region, they can connect to and play on any of the servers available to either of them."

Before you get too excited, it is worth mentioning that the developers will first be running a limited test in order to see if the region-locking system actually has the desired result. As such, it's highly likely that this whole system will only be arriving in a couple of months, and that is if everything works out perfectly! Even so, I can't help but breathe a sigh of relief as lag simply has no place in a game like PUBG.

PUBG screenshot of some less than fancy weapon skins

In completely different news, PUBG will soon be getting the much-requested weapon skins. You will be able to acquire them through either paid "Triumph Crates" or the free "Raider Crates". If you've been playing PUBG for even a little while, this whole system should feel immediately familiar.

The update will soon be heading to live servers, but if you would like to check it out ahead of time you can hop on over to the test servers on PC. You can find all of the details, as well as the drop rates for the crates, over at Steam. Enjoy!