The patch is now available via the game's test servers.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds launched last March and has over 30m players on PC alone.
There's nothing that beats the act of letting players mess with new features to find the unexpected fun in changes to the game, and it's very possible the experimental test server will lead to new ideas that neither the development team nor the community sees coming.
In the PUBG Roadmap 2018 post, the developers shared concept art of the new PUBG 4x4 map.
Also coming soon to the test server is a brand new emote system. There will be new vehicle, environmental and player-centric sounds added, too, like audio for vehicles that skid, rain on vehicle roofs and additional breathing sounds for players depending on whether they're running, aiming down a rifle sight or just holding their breath. In-game achievements and a friends list, as well as squad voice chat, are each going to be added in 2018.
You can expect an overhaul to the entire animation system for both third and first-person gameplay, making both options feel "smoother and more reactive to the environment", and the overhaul should have particularly notable effects on the parachute and melee combat systems. And server stability, connection speeds, and dealing with cheaters remains the studio's first priority in 2018. "It is impossible to solve these problems once and for all, but our goal is to continuously improve in this regard".
On the subject of esports, Greene says that much work is left to be done, but the 3D replay system is "key" to allowing organizations to provide better coverage of a competitive match.
For competitive PUBG players, the team is already working on improving the current MMR ranking system and matchmaking. "This year we plan to build on that foundation and really start to polish our features, squash the remaining bugs and expand the game even further".
It's still one of the most popular video games of all time, though, and PUBG Corp wants to make the game even bigger going forward.
Nevertheless, PUBG players now have a document with which to hold PUBG Corp. accountable and PUBG Corp. has made public their plans to keep fans happy.