While users fell to a low of 895,650 peak concurrent players in November, the recent release of the new winter map, Vikendi, has spurred gamers to return. This week saw a peak of 1.1 million concurrent users, the most since October.
With the launch of Vikendi, PUBG has added several new features and mechanics, including an overhauled parachute system, which lets you glide or dive during freefall and cut your chute before hitting the ground. The adjustments have been enough to at least pique the interest of former players.
However, the future of PUBG is still very much in question, as competitors including Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 continue to eat up market share. The surge in popularity of COD’s battle royale mode, Blackout, is perhaps the biggest factor that is draining gamers from PUBG’s community.
Added pressure has been applied by the esports community, as many are beginning to leave the game due to questions surrounding its viability as a competitive platform. Most recently, OpTic Gaming made the decision to leave the PUBG competitive ecosystem after the GLL Finals.
Despite the struggles, PUBG has managed to retain its Xbox and PlayStation userbase, in addition to a still-significant mobile community that has over 200 million players, according to PUBG Corp.