Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has grown incredibly popular since its release earlier this year, with millions of people worldwide logging in to scavenge and kill one-another in Hunger Games-style arena deathmatches!
A recent tweet posted by the developer promises to mix things up in a big way, promising first-person only servers in an update due next month:
At first glance this may not seem like a big deal, but it's impossible to exaggerate how significant and exciting a change like this. Confining players to a traditional FPS perspective will completely change how you play, and it will be necessary to update your strategies accordingly.
To make sure you're one step ahead of the competition, I've compiled a few handy tips to help you get ready for the first-person update in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.
1. Watch Your Back!
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is largely about analyzing your surroundings at all times, being aware of where other players could be hiding ready to ambush you.
With the first-person update, this will be more important than ever, because you will no longer be able to rotate your camera to face behind you while running in the opposite direction. In order to get a complete view of your surroundings. Smart players will be able to gain the upper-hand by making the time to check every angle, especially when sneaking through an urban area.
This will also be important advice during the initial parachuting section of the game: rather than be totally focused on your landing destination, be sure to rotate your camera to see where nearby players are looking to land to give yourself an advantage.
2. Listen Closely...
Perhaps the most significant gameplay change the update will bring is how the exploration of buildings will be navigated.
Rather than being able to peek around walls with your camera before moving into a room or warehouse full of loot, you will have to expose your body if you wish to see what is inside a room.
In the absence of being able to see around corners to protect yourself, your first line of defense in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' first-person servers will be your ears! Listening out for movement in buildings will be more important than ever, because it may be the only thing stopping you from taking a shotgun shell to the chest.
Before you enter a house, just take a moment to listen for any footsteps or rustling sounds before you enter. If you do hear something, remember that your rival will also be working in a first-person view. If you can sneak into a building without them hearing you, it could give you the opportunity to kill them stealthily!
3. Snipers Beware!
Snipers are always a controversial topic in any shooter. There is nothing more satisfying than popping the head of somebody that had no idea you were ever there... and yet there are few things more frustrating than dying to something you feel you could do nothing to stop!
The first-person server update of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds promises to add some exciting new dynamics to long-range combat, because snipers will no longer be able to scout out their targets without revealing their bodies by using the camera to their advantage.
Players with a keen eye will be able to respond to snipers more consistently in a first-person server, due to the sniper having to expose their body to take a shot, and will likely have to stay in that position rather than immediately duck around a corner.
For snipers, this means you have to be doubly sure that your position is well-camouflaged. If you can no longer rely on the camera to help you, you will have to play smart and catch players by surprise in a different way.
4. Turn Up That Field Of View!
Alongside the first-person servers, the developers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds have confirmed they will be making improvements to the field of view options in the game, including a slider to give players complete control over their vision settings.
Those who are familiar with the FPS genre will agree that you'll be wanting to turn up your FOV slider as high as you can comfortably play at: ideally at least 85-90 if you don't want your enemies seeing you before you see them!
Why? Simply, the higher your field of view, the more action you can see on your screen at any one time, and with the move to first-person servers it will be more important than ever to have a wide view of your surroundings.
Even if it feels weird at first, I would highly recommend turning up your field of view angle if you feel you are often being killed by people outside your peripheral vision. It's advice that might just save your life!
Are you excited for the first-person servers in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds?
(Sources: Bluehole Studio Inc., Twitter)