The Xbox One version of the popular battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has certainly been on the rise over the past few weeks. Not only is it improving content-wise with the impending addition of the currently PC-exclusive Miramar map, but its technical foundations are also seeing steady improvement. Its 12th patch hit the game's live servers a few hours ago and brought with it a mix of new cosmetics, UI fixes, optimizations, and, perhaps most notably, fixes for several issues affecting vehicle behavior.
This latest patch of the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds isn't what most would call major. It doesn't address a large list of bugs, but the ones it does resolve are certain to make the experience better for the game's player base. Most notably, this patch fixes several bugs plaguing the game's vehicles. Once players apply this update to their game, they'll find that vehicles will no longer flip over or get air-time for no reason. This includes the infamous three-wheel bike. Players will also no longer find themselves sitting upside-down or in an odd position after changing seats.
Vehicle collisions have also been tweaked, with players receiving more damage in general when vehicles collide with one another. The amount of damage the player receives will be modified by the size and weight of the vehicles involved; the heavier they are, the more damage players will receive. Players are also now much more likely to either be knocked out or killed outright when colliding with a high-speed vehicle. These changes also affect collisions with stationary objects such as walls or trees. Players can expect to inflict significantly more damage upon themselves if they crash into one of these while riding smaller vehicles like motorcycles.
These are minor changes certainly, but important if the game is going to remain healthy. With these consistent patches and the addition of the Miramar map, perhaps it won't be too long before this version of the game starts getting event modes like Tequila Sunrise as well.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may have lost its throne to Fortnite for the time-being, but that doesn't mean it can't reclaim it. It still has a long way to go, but so long as the developers can keep up this steady stream of updates and continue to take steps to improve the experience, steps like implementing region-locking, then they might just be in a position to regain much of their lost ground by year's end.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently available for Android and iOS devices, PC, and is in early access on Xbox One.