Those who fear pay-to-win loot boxes will become the industry norm need not worry about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as its developers have promised no game-affecting content will ever be added to the game’s crates.
Speaking during a developer Q&A at the G-Star Global Game Exhibition, lead game designer Changhan Kim assured fans that crate boxes would never include anything that could affect the game’s competitive dynamic, although cosmetic items are fair game.
“As you may already know, we will never add anything that affects the gameplay,” Kim said. “However, there is a relatively strong demand for cosmetic items. Since the official launch is our top priority, we plan on adding new items after that.”
Kim also touched on the game’s upcoming tutorial option. While such an option goes against the developer’s original sink-or-swim intentions for the game, Kim acknowledges the community demand.
“Frankly, I think there lies PUBG‘s charm,” Kim explained. “Our thought was, ‘There is no practice in life! It should be tough!’ since delivering the reality was important. However, many players are requesting a tutorial mode or a shooting range, and we believe this could be helpful for some players. So, we will start devising a plan to develop such a feature after the official release.”
Additionally, Kim used the Q&A to discuss the developer’s process in selecting and designing weapons, as well as strategies to combat future cheating. Fans can check out the official Battlegrounds forums for Kim’s full Q&A.
In other PUBG news, the game will be released in China after undergoing major adjustments to “make sure they accord with socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture and moral rules.” Battlegrounds is currently playable on PC, with a launch on Xbox One’s Game Preview program coming December 12th.
Source: PC Gamer