With the news of Fortnite garnering more moolah than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in the month of February, Bluehole had to come up with a solution. And the company has chosen to follow in the footsteps of Counter Strike Global Offensive and introduced weapon skins to pull it ahead in the race.
In its eighth major update, Bluehole is introducing the first two crates that will contain weapon skins and possible region locking. According to the post on Steam, “We are always working towards improving the gameplay environment. This includes providing stable network experience for our players. You all know that we have implemented ping based matchmaking system that has shown great results but we didn’t want to stop there.
One of the solutions we are considering is operating servers so that only those players who reside in that region can connect and play. These servers will be made invisible to players residing in other regions. But, at the same time, if a player in an exclusive server region forms a team with a player from another region, they can connect to and play on any of the servers available to either of them.”
Region locking has been a long standing request from the community who are frustrated with the gross number of cheaters from certain countries. The developer has now decided to implement region locking, “to provide a better gameplay experience as it will improve network issues and help with linguistic barriers.” Even though Brendan Greene aka Playerunknown, the designer of the game commented while in conversation with US Gamer at GDC that he is not in favor of region locking, because it can be simply outdone with a VPN.
The more exciting part of the update talks about the new weapon skin system which in being implemented. The new weapon skins can be obtained from the two new crates that are being introduced, namely Triumph and Raider crate. These crates will only contain weapon skins and while the Raider crates are free to open, the Triumph crates would require paid keys to open.
The weapon skins can be equipped from the new weapon skins menu in the Customization section. While in a game, weapons will retain their original look until a player with a skin picks it up. That weapon will be permanently marked with that skin for the game and other players picking up the weapon won’t change it. The update is set to go live on the main servers today itself.