Friends in different regions will still be able to play with each other.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds could be testing region locks for the game according to an official update on PUBG’s Korea developer update portal. This would prevent players from different regions from playing together on the same server.
Spotted on Reddit, the update was posted on the official Naver portal for PUBG, (written in Korean). We’ve translated the post which mentions that in order to fix an “uncomfortable gaming environment” caused by “ping-related matchmaking” PUBG Corp. is considering “operating servers that only players in that region can play [in].” A longer way of saying that region locking is now on the table. Furthermore, players in other regions won’t be able to see foreign servers to play in.
PUBG Corp. will make considerations for players who have friends abroad however. If a player you enjoy playing with lives in a different region, then partying up together will allow you to play on the same servers. In short, all players in a party, regardless of region will be able to play together.
Region lock has been a heavily requested feature within the PUBG community for months, though for reasons other than what PUBG Corp describes as ping-related issues. Instead, players have mostly been asking PUBG Corp to region lock areas that have been accused of fielding cheaters. Unfortunately this line of thinking has led to some xenophobic remarks in the PUBG community, and the validity of the assumption is questionable.
So far the announcement is only available in Korean. We’ve reached out to PUBG Corp. for confirmation of the update and whether this announcement will be made in North America and in English.
PUBG is currently dealing with a massive cheating problem, something PUBG Corp. has cited as the reason why the game’s content updates have slowed. Recently, PUBG Corp. released a new content roadmap for 2018 that promises more maps, more server improvements, and more updates on a two month cycle. For more on PUBG check out our PUBG guides for the latest info, or our PUBG Review.