For sometime now, PUBG players have been clamoring for a custom match mode. Their calls have been answered, as today PUBG Corp has revealed custom matches are now accessible to all on test services, with plans to carry the mode over to live servers in due course.
Custom match creation in PUBG is true to its name going by an update post on the game’s Steam page, with a veritable host of options affecting numerous parts of the game. These include spawn rates, circle behavior, load outs, and even game modes so players can fine tune War and Zombie mode to their liking. In addition, custom matches can be either private or public.
For the duration of the test period, a maximum of 10,000 concurrent custom matches will be allowed to guarantee stability. The UX for custom matches has also been revamped with an improved search filter, settings page, and team management options.
PUBG Corp warns the test period might not be smooth sailing due to the inherent risk of bugs and server overload due to heightened interest from players. Vowing to remedy problems rapidly, the developer has asked players to be vocal with any issues they encounter and get in touch.
There is, however, one caveat to the news. During the test phase, custom matches will be playable free of cost, yet this might not necessarily be the case when the mode switches to live servers in the future. Citing the resource intensive requirements of opening up custom matches to all players and a need to ensure ‘everything runs smoothly and the system remains sustainable long-term’, PUBG Corp hinted at some form of paywall.
Though the wording is tentative, it seems PUBG are planting the seeds of additional in-game monetization and has rather rashly left the door open for feedback. With the recent Event Pass debacle, the company is more than likely opening itself up to a world of pain. Good luck to the poor intern handling social media and emails.
With the looming threat of a paywall, players would be best to jump onto the test servers while custom matches remain free.