PUBG gets new weapon, canted sights, new vehicle and Vikendi changes in PC test patch

PUBG gets new weapon, canted sights, new vehicle and Vikendi changes in PC test patch

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The first major patch for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in 2019 has arrived, and with it, a hefty list of new features and requested changes.

PUBG’s update 25 is available now on test servers on PC, coming in at 4.3GB. Vikendi, and Sanhok are the only two maps available during the test, in third-person squads.

Now onto the new content. Today’s patch adds the Bizon (PP-19) SMG to Vikendi, and Erangel. It takes 9mm ammo and has a massive 53 round mag by default. You can only use sights and muzzle attachments with it, but no grips or magazines.

For Vikendi, there’s a new snow vehicle: the snowbike. This is a lighter version of the snowmobile, with better speed and manoeuvrability but less durability. The snowbike is replacing the motorbike.

The biggest feature in update 25 is the ability to use canted sights along with regular scopes. This is perfect for weapons that excel at range and close quarters, because it allows you to quickly aim using a red dot sight up close, and easily switch back to a better scope for ranged targets.

For this to work, some of PUBG’s weapons now have a secondary optic slot. By default, you can switch between them by hitting Alt and right click. There’s another wrinkle: your primary sight will depend on which of the two (canted or regular) you equipped first, but it’s not yet clear if you’ll be able to switch them up.

The Beryl M762, AKM, AUG, M416, Mutant, QBZ, SCAR-L, G36C, SLR, Mini14, Mk14, QBU, SKS, AWM, M24, Kar98k, UMP, Vector, Bizon, M249, and even the S12K all support canted sights.

Vikendi is getting a new weather setting: moonlight. This is a well-lit nighttime mode featuring a bright moon, and aurora borealis. In addition, the map’s loot balance is being updated based on feedback. This is something the developer went into much greater detail in a blog post, but it essentially boils down to a drop in SMG spawn rate, an increase to AR spawn rate, and further decrease to DMRs.

PUBG Corp. is also making level 3 helmets and vests more rare, and adjusting attachments spawn rate on the same map. Another hot topic has been Vikendi’s bluezone, which the update is making some adjustments to. It will now be generated further away from the centre, and its final form will deal more damage to players.

On the gameplay end, the update added a new option to set default firing modes for weapons, and there’s a new skin that tracks the number of kills, CS:GO-style.

Head over to the PUBG blog for the full set of fixes.

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