The release of snow themed map Vikendi has seemed to revitalise the so called “dying game”, as the game recorded its first growth in concurrent players since January 2018 when it hit 3.2 million concurrent players.

The game has come under the scanner for having too many bugs, and developers not keen on optimizing the game that led to the constant drop in number of players, with November seeing just 8,95,000 players, over 2 million lower than the previous peak.

PUBG’s new Vikendi map.

Many are attributing the rise of the player base to the new map, which has been praised by many as being the perfect mix between Erangel and Sanhok. Others feel that the new features, including that of a new parachute system and survivor pass has delighted the fans.

However, these numbers are still paltry compared to Fortnite, which saw over 8 million concurrent players in November, and while PUBG may never catch up to its previous high, let alone getting anywhere close to Fortnite, it is certainly taking some steps in the right direction.