A massive console update for avid PUBG players has arrived today on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Battle royales experience update on a regular basis including Fortnite, Blackout and Apex Legends - PUBG is no different. This update brings a number of new features to the game including weapon mastery, loot balancing, gameplay changes and more.
PUBG is introducing a progression system for their weapons, that we have seen in other popular shooters such as Call of Duty. The system is being implemented to give players a sense of reward for using a specific weapon more than others.
- Weapon Mastery is a new progression system where players can increase levels by gaining weapon XP based on players’ weapon use.
- It operates all the time without being affected by seasons.
- Weapon Mastery offers 100 levels for players to achieve per weapon.
Of course, where there's a progression system, there's rewards. PUBG has detailed three versions of rewards players can earn throughout their weapon progression: charms, medals and emblems.
- New charm can be achieved at every five levels of progression per weapon.
- Charms can be used with any weapon skins.
- Acquired charms can be equipped/unlocked in the rewards page. Equipped charms can be seen in-game.
- Medals highlight awesome accomplishments players perform with their weapons.
- Each medal can be earned multiple times. There is even a counter that tracks how many medals have been achieved.
- Players can earn emblems equivalent to their level brackets achieved per each weapon.
- Up to 10 tiers can be achieved
Players can earn weapon progression by virtually doing any damage with their gun, but be warned friendly fire does not count!
New Controller Pre Sets
PUBG is releasing a new controller preset, labeled Type C. They claim the new preset is more suitable for thumb-index finger-middle finger control players. The full details of the presets can be found here.
Auto Equip Attachments
Since PUBG is a Battle Royale that relies on weapon attachments to further your weapons strength, it seems essential to have auto equip attachments.
PUBG has finally added this game mode to console players, with three options available: Auto Equip Attachments, Auto Equip Scope, and Auto Replace Attachments. The most important notes of this added configuration are:
Auto Equip Attachments:
- An attachment will be automatically equipped on an active weapon upon pick up, if equipable
- If unequipable, the attachment will be equipped to the next available weapon (Primary 1 → Primary 2 → Sidearm order)
Auto Equip Scope:
- Scope type attachments are given three different settings to reduce unexpected situations during combat
Key Gameplay Changes
PUBG has added numerous gameplay changes to this patch to elevate the player's console gaming experience, from changing the feature map from Sanhok to Erangel to UI changes this update has it all.
For full details of these gameplay changes, you can go here but here are the key details!
New Parachute Gauge
The parachute UI has been improved with more visibility and divided into two gauges, one for current speed and the other a more detailed altitude reading.
Tactical Map Marker
Added new Tactical Map Markers with 6 different marker types for different situations (Attack, Danger, Defend, Loot, Regroup, Vehicle).
Vikendi 2nd Loot Rebalance
We have adjusted weapon spawn rates to help facilitate more medium and long-range engagements. Adjustments to available attachments have also been made to offer players more options.
- Adjustments to item spawns on Vikendi:
- AR spawns increased by 1.4x
- DMR spawns increased by 2x
- SR spawns increased by 7x
As always with any update to any game, there is the usual bug fixes and general updates to help stabilize the game. All of these can be found here along with all the patch notes for this massive update.
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