PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has revealed that custom matches are available on the game's test servers in Open Beta form.
As you've probably twigged, custom matches allow players to tinker with all sorts of game-related bits and bobs, including map choice, perspective, number of players, selecting between Normal or Zombie modes, spawn rates for items and vehicles, and stacks more.
At the moment, custom matches are available to everyone for free, which is a good thing. And yes, there is a 'but' coming. BUT...PUBG Corp. has indicated that this may change down the line, with custom matches potentially being locked behind a pay wall going forward.
'Creating custom matches won't have an associated cost during this phase,' said the company. 'However, due to the extremely large amount of resources required to allow custom games to be available to all players, we may change this in the future to ensure everything runs smoothly and the system remains sustainable long-term.'
I'm a glass-half full kind of bloke, so PUBG Corp.'s mention of being open to user feedback is definitely good to know, as nothing has been set in stone yet.
Also, the developer warned that there will be something teething issues rearing their heads, since custom matches are new and all that jazz.
Meanwhile, the Xbox One version of the battle royale title has seen the test server return to the fold alongside new weapons, while map selection and limb penetration will be coming down the line in a future patch.