"Early this year, development of some of the major features and systems was delayed as our focus shifted towards tightening our anti-cheat effort", the team wrote. The goal is to improve overall play experience for the community "by splitting the matching pool rather than by restricting connection depending on ping". (This is a different approach than the previously-proposed plan to impose a "maximum ping limit.") Under the new system, folks with lower pings will be prioritized in matchmaking.
According to a report by GitHyp, the player base has dropped a staggering 91%, since it's peak in July 2017, citing that "most players have simply moved on to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and other games".
Cheating has become a massive problem in PUBG, so much so that BattleEye, the game's current anti-cheat client, has reported that it has banned more than 2.5 million players through the end of January with that rate increasing throughout February. That roadmap will cover the first half of 2018, which will "include a new map", alongside other "development and new content plans". This should split the match pool for the game rather than outright restricting connections based exclusively on ping. The first tests of the new method will take place next week. Although no specific date has been disclosed for it.
You will also no longer be able to see inside the airplane anymore.
As we've come to expect, following the introduction of crates last fall, PUBG Corp. has added one premium and one free crate to the battle royale shooter.