A lot of players will find themselves unable to access Battlegrounds on Steam tonight.

That’s because developers at Bluehole Inc. are performing scheduled maintenance that’s going to last a few hours.

PUBG Servers will be down for around three hours, which is certainly going to eat into prime playtime for many.

It’s betters news for those PUBG fans in the UK, with maintenance beginning around 2am, and scheduled to end at 5am.

It’s never great to be locked out of a game, however, those in the United States will be much more badly affected.

“PC players, there will be a 3 hours maintenance period on our live servers starting at Mar 12 7PM PDT / Mar 13 3AM CET / Mar 13 11AM KST,” the PUBG Twitter account confirms.

Bluehole Inc have confirmed that they will be moving their current test build over to live servers tonight, so at least it will be worth it for fans at the end.

There’s the chance that this period of maintenance could be completed before the stated 3-hours, which has happened in the past.

There have been other times when the development team have needed an extra hour or two as well, so fans will want to keep checking the official social media channels for news.

Last week also saw PUBG go offline for around two hours, but didn’t provide any big changes.

However, tonight’s scheduled maintenance does include some tweaks, with each player having to update their game following the scheduled downtime.

Tonight’s patch is focused on bringing various optimisations to the PUBG server and client, as well as bringing new emotes and a brand new friends list system.

According to Bluehole Inc, this will include mitigating lag and stutter instances and alleviated frame drop and lag occurrences happening when players are pushed together.

This usually starts from the second half of a match, or in dynamic situations, like when groups of players meet in a firefight.

This should mean a smoother environment to play in, although it won’t include the new limb and vehicle penetration system.

This has been pushed back due to changes being made, so fans will have to wait to hear more about this.

The full PUBG patch notes can be found below and include all the official changes Bluehole are making today:

Client optimization

  • Improved real-time response by reducing input lag
  • Mitigated the frame drop issue caused by the map loading process
  • Reduced burden on GPU by optimizing buildings in Erangel
  • Optimized the beginning and the end of effects
  • Optimized vehicle physics when driving under a certain speed

Server optimization

  • Optimized server network performance
  • Optimized vehicle physics when driving under a certain speed


  • Added PUBG friends list
  • Up to 50 people can be added as PUBG friends
  • Players with PUBG accounts can search and add friends freely regardless of the platform they are using (including Steam, Mail.ru and DMM)
  • Friend list is a one-way follower concept, not a mutual acceptance between players
  • PUBG friends list is independent of the Steam friends list. You don’t have to be friends on Steam to be friends in PUBG
  • Up to 30 players you were recently in a team with will be shown on RECENT
  • Added main menu voice chat
  • You can chat with the players in your team while still in the main menu
  • When using the voice chat, a speaker icon will be displayed on the right of the player’s name
  • Removed the function of being able to invite a player from their career screen due to a technical issue


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