The developer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG Corp., shared a tasty bit of news during the latest episode of Inside Xbox. The studio has confirmed that it’s currently working on implementing a cross-play feature on consoles. And it’s coming earlier than expected.
PUBG Corp. has revealed that the first cross-play testing phase should kick off in September while the full release of the new feature is scheduled for October. Cross-play feature will allow PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players to join the same match lobbies that will shorten matchmaking times.
In a separate blog post, PUBG Corp. community manager Cecilia Lee wrote:
“Our first goal with the cross-platform play was for 100 players from both console communities to be able to play in the same match. Our second goal was to improve our matchmaking times, which we expect to be shorter for due to the wider matchmaking pool. Shorter wait times and more enemies on the battlegrounds = more opportunities to earn those chicken dinners. WIN.”
However, PUBG Corp. hasn’t mentioned any cross-play functionality with the PC version of the game. Having in mind that all the updates for console version are coming at least a month later compared to PC, we might not get it at all. On the other hand, it’s a significant step forward ensuring the longevity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on consoles.
As for other news, PUBG Corp. also revealed a fair share of new additions coming to the game with Season 4 update which is set to be released on consoles on August 27th. The update includes an overhaul of the original PUBG map Erangel, lots of gameplay tweaks and a new survivor pass. You can learn more about these changes by reading our previous post regarding the topic.