In an interesting clip shown in an interview at E3, we see the developers of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are already planning a new custom game mode, zombie survival, for the game.
While there are many other zombie survival games out there, most notably H1Z1 and DayZ, Battlegrounds producer Chang-han Kim stated that the PUBG zombie mode was a fan inspired addition, suggested by a popular South Korean Twitch streamer on their channel. In addition, Kim said this new mode was created to “inspire players to create their own content” for the game. Many people, such as the Youtubers Node, have already created custom Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds games that featured users playing as zombies.
The new E3 video features zombies twitching out, biting the necks of uninfected players in various positions and parkouring over walls. There was no indication in the video as to whether or not the zombies were player controlled, but a tweet by Bluehole Lead Community Manager poopieQueen confirmed that the zombies will, in fact, be controlled by players. It will be exciting to see how this is implemented, and if players are able to convert the normal players into zombies or become reanimated once they die.
Not many details were given about this new game mode, however, and Kim made it clear that optimization of the core game would continue to be the major focus of the developers. According to another tweet by poopieQueen, the game mode will not be apart of the base game mode, and it will likely be added only once the core game is fully completed.
That said, Chang-han Kim announced that content additions are planned for each new update, even after the game is fully released. Many players on the Battlegrounds forums and Reddit have expressed their happiness with the rate at which Bluehole is releasing content and listening to players’ concerns. Only time will tell if this developer responsiveness will continue as the game heads out of early access.