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While PUBG has been a success story, it’s not all been gumdrops and chicken dinners. Many players have been met with matchmaking problems in recent weeks, leading to a response from PUBG’s Korean developer branch indicating that region-locked servers could be on the horizon. The update comes from PUBG’s official Naver portal and, via a translation, it’s possible to parse out what comes next for region locking, matchmaking, and all the rest of it.
The post makes explicit reference to “an uncomfortable gaming environment” which is due to “ping-related matchmaking.” This has led to the conclusion that “operating servers that only players in that region can play in” could be a solution.
While that seems like a drastic step – especially for those who play with pals across continents – it is believed that any friends playing in the same party will be able to play on the same server, essentially serving as a simple workaround for region locking when it comes to matchmaking.
For the rest of us without foreign buddies and squadmates, there’s a chance you’ll no longer be able to see foreign servers on PUBG if and when this testing comes into effect. As of right now, there is no timetable, and no official comment from PUBG Corp. on what this could mean for the future of matchmaking in the battle royale game.
What it does mean, however, is that the developers are all-too-aware of some of the biggest gripes that gamers have with the game and are working tirelessly to fix them. PUBG region-locked servers might just be the next big fix, whether you agree with it or not.