PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: Event Mode!
There is a lot of movement in the Battle Royale world lately. It seems the two giants, Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, are neck and neck. First, we saw Epic Games release Limited Time Modes for Fortnite's Battle Royale. Then, Epic announced that they were entering an invite-only beta for Fortnite Mobile on iOS devices, with support for Android coming in the months ahead. Shortly after, PUBG Corp., in partnership with mobile game developers Tencent Games, released PUBG Mobile across all devices. Now, PUBG Corp. has announced that they will be introducing an Event Mode to PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds. Will it ever end? I, personally, hope not. As many have said before, competition breeds innovation. Without it, we wouldn't be getting new content on a regular basis.
But just what are the Event Modes in PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds?
In a recent Dev. Blog post, PUBG Corp. said that the Event Mode will be a “periodically changing preset Custom Game where we will be trying new things and experimenting with different game parameters.” If you've ever played the Limited Time Modes in Fortnite, then you will have experienced what this means first hand with 50v50, or the recent Blitz mode where the storm moves in faster. Perhaps PUBG will follow in their footsteps, and implement similar features. The first iteration of the Event Mode allows players to join a squad of up to 8 people, and enjoy increased spawn rates on rifles.
PUBG Corp. goes on to state that the first Event Mode “will be a very simple one, as the system was only recently put together and we need to test the basics first.” So, be prepared to come across bugs. They also mentioned that the first Event Mode will be limited to only Third-Person Perspective, and the Erangel map, to make sure that matchmaking will be a smooth process. It sounds to me like they are preparing for a large amount of stress on the servers.
Furthermore, it would appear that the time frame of the Event Modes are much shorter when compared to the Limited Time Modes in Fortnite. The first iteration ran from March 23rd at 7 PM PDT – March 25th at 7 PM PDT. As of right now, PUBG Corp. has said they will provide a “detailed schedule later on.” As for console players, it is unclear at this time if they will be able to enjoy Event Modes.
Only time will tell if the Event Mode will be as popular as Fortnite's Limited Time Modes. However, I hope that the back-and-forth between these two games continues because it can only bring good things to gamers. Do you think that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds made the right move? Or are they just trying to catch up to the success of Fortnite? Let us know in the comments below!