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PUBG: Battlegrounds

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Krafton
Release Date: 2017

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'PUBG: Battlegrounds' v15.1 Update Will Add New Mountain Bike, Ranked Season, Improvements To Sanhok And More

by Rainier on Nov. 24, 2021 @ 1:31 p.m. PST

PUBG: Battlegrounds expands the core Battle Royale experience into a highly competitive player vs. player (PvP) game in a vivid open world.

Welcome to the ultimate battle for life and death

PUBG: Battlegrounds will expand the core Battle Royale experience enjoyed by millions of players into a highly competitive player vs. player (PvP) game in a dynamic open world.

PUBG: Battlegrounds will put up to 64 players on a remote island for a winner-takes-all showdown where strategic gameplay is as important as shooting skills. Players will enter a last-man-standing battle where they try to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies in a graphically and tactically rich battleground that eventually forces players into a shrinking safe area as they engage in a tense and spectacular fight to the death.

When the match starts, players have no items or weapons. To progress, they can try to commandeer a vehicle to discover a high-value location, search for weapons or employ other diversified tactics with a goal of being the last man standing. All weapons can be upgraded with attachments such as sights and suppressors and both road and off-road vehicles will be available to players.

Kill or be killed in a fight to be the last man standing.

When the latest update for PUBG: Battlegrounds releases on Dec. 1 for PC and Dec. 9 for consoles, players will be able to embrace the holiday spirit as key areas throughout the Vikendi map will be decorated in a winter wonderland theme.

Several areas throughout the map, including Dinoland, Castle and Winery will be ornamented with a special holiday makeover, including thematic weather effects that will be available on the map for players who wish to use this setting in Custom Matches. 

But that’s not all - see below for a full rundown of Update 15.1: 

  • Going Off-Trail With A New Vehicle - Mountain Bike: Available on all maps in Normal Matches when 15.1 launches, Mountain Bikes will be found as lootable items in a folded state, most often on the outskirts of a map. Setting the Mountain Bike apart from other vehicles in the game, it is man-powered and doesn’t have an engine. This means players can move stealthily around the map to avoid conflict or take enemies by surprise. Players will also be able to sprint, jump and pop wheelies on the Mountain Bike, which will make it one of the more dynamic vehicles in the game. 
  • New Ranked Season: Update 15.1 introduces a new ranked season, meaning all rewards earned during the Ranked Season 14 have been automatically added to players’ inventory. 
  • Sanhok Gets Some Updates: After considering player feedback, adjustments to Sanhok’s Bootcamp point of interest will be streamlined to allow for more tactical engagement opportunities. Sanhok’s Shoreline area will see the addition of more rocks and trees to reduce player vulnerability when traversing the area. Finally, weather effects will be adjusted to improve player visibility throughout the map.   
  • Map Rotation: With 15.1, Vikendi will replace Paramo in Normal Matches while Paramo is also removed from Ranked Matches. The new map rotation for matches is the following:
    • Normal Matches: 
      • Erangel
      • Miramar
      • Sanhok
      • Taego
      • Vikendi
    • Ranked Matches: 
      • Erangel
      • Miramar
      • Taego

Survivors who want to preview Update 15.1 can do so today on the PC Test Server. 

Key Features:

  • Custom Games: Being implemented after Early Access, this feature will allow select groups of players to create and host their own games with special server configurations, such as the number of players, option to spectate the round, play or set the game as private with password and more. Additional information about custom games will be announced after Early Access launch.
  • Realistic Gunplay: Players use real-world weapons found via supply drops to create an authentic and visceral experience.
  • Massive 8km x 8km World: Players begin as weak survivors and develop into powerful soldiers on a massive, deserted island set in Eastern Europe.
  • Built with Unreal Engine 4: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds utilizes the latest development tools to deliver realistic visuals, animations and gameplay.
  • In-Depth Loot System: Players will uncover a wide variety of weapons, armor, attachments, and much more as they explore – and battle – across the world.
  • Player-Focused Metagame Tools: Leaderboards and statistics plus replays and spectator mode tools are coming after Early Access launch.
  • Loads of Localization: Launching into twelve languages (English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic) with translations coming directly from the community.

PUBG: Battlegrounds is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).

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