The latest update to the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will add a very interesting feature: The ability to spectate the player who killed you.
All you have to do is hit the “watch” button on the match result screen to spectate whoever took you out, which is going to be both entertaining and a good way to find and report cheaters. If your killer is then taken out by another player, you can jump to spectating their killer. You can spectate the nearest player to your death if you die by falling, get bombed in the red zone or get caught in the blue zone.
If you’re playing in a duo or as part of a squad, you won’t be able to spectate until all your teammates are dead to avoid players sharing information with each other through voice chat.
One interesting wrinkle is that you won’t be able to spectate your killer if you click on the death cam, although there is no official information from PUBG Corp. about why this limitation exists.
Some are theorizing that it’s a technical issue, not a strategic one.
“If you spectate the killer, you’re still in the game and connected to the server,” one player wrote on the game’s subreddit. “If you engage the kill cam, you clearly see a loading screen which can only mean that your leaving the server and entering a replay mode. You can’t just connect and disconnect and reconnect and disconnect to the servers over and over. If everyone connected to the server decided to do this it would just make the servers worse. Wait until you’re done spectating, then watch the kill cam. Problem solved.”
PUBG’s next update — version 1.0, update #9 — will be added to the test server before being moved to the live servers. This feature was already available on the experimental server that hosts the Codename: Savage map, to the surprise and delight of the players in the alpha test.