It wasn’t made completely clear in the patch notes, but it appears PUBG matchmaking has now changed.
A new PUBG update was launched that included a new range of cosmetic items, that are now available in both free and paid Crates.
Developer Bluehole Inc. also confirmed in a recent statement that they were planning on launching a new matchmaking system which would prioritise players with lower ping-rates.
This should result in players with similar pings being matched together, and will probably help toward a level of region-locking.
PUBG Community Managers have now confirmed that this new system has been implemented, along with a few answers to what that will mean.
PUBG PING-BASED MATCHMAKING Q&A:
Can I form a party or play with players in different regions?
You can still form a party or play with players from other regions. Separating matching pool will not stop or cause an issue with starting a match.
What are the criteria for matchmaking when playing in a team with players from different regions?
The team will be matched based on the player with the highest ping in the party, ie, the player with the worst connection.
What about random matching for duos and squads?
When forming a team with random players, you will be matched with players with similar pings.
Bluehole Inc. say they expect this to improve the overall play experience by splitting the matching pool rather than restricting connection depending on ping.
The development team have also posted a list of recommended servers for each region, to help players with their changes of getting into a good game.
Following the release of today’s update, PUBG players have been reporting issues with frame stuttering and FPS loss.
These problems have apparently been fixed by Bluehole, who posted a message on Twitter confirming that a new hotfix had been released.