This is how PlayerUnknowns's Battlegrounds next update gets a lot more hardcore

The next update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is going to be a big one. We don't know everything that's going to be included in it, but earlier today, PUBG visionary Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene tweeted out that it will at last deliver the oft-requested first-person only mode. Servers hosting this mode will appropriately be referred to as "hardcore servers" in-game.

There's a good reason for dubbing this "hardcore mode." For those who may not be familiar with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the game is traditionally played from a third-person viewpoint. Players can technically switch between third-person and first-person views at will, but the vast majority of players prefer to stick to third-person.

Why is that? When you're playing in third-person mode, the camera's position allows you do things like look around corners and over cover without exposing yourself to danger or giving away your position. When you're using a first-person viewpoint, you don't have that ability, thus giving third-person players an advantage.

Implementing a mode that is strictly played from a first-person perspective should do a lot to make the game much more tactical, especially in duo and squad modes. Greene said today that hardcore mode will first come to solo and duo play on EU and NA servers. Developer Bluehole will use the feedback they receive from NA and EU players to polish the game mode before rolling it out to squad play and other regional servers.

In reply to another user, Greene also said that Bluehole is "hard at work" improving the first-person perspective that's currently in the game before launching hardcore mode. He also notes that you'll never be forced to play hardcore servers, as they'll be entirely separate from standard servers, complete with their own queue. Hardcore mode should be arriving in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds next monthly update, so we'll keep an eye out for more word on when that will land.