Late last year, PUBG Corporation formed a new Mastery initiative dedicated to improving and evolving how progression works on the Battlegrounds. Since then, we’ve been heads down working to establish a cohesive progression system that feels true to the PUBG experience and rewarding to you, the players. After months of planning and development, we’re stoked to finally reveal our first class of progression: Weapon Mastery.
The world’s best PUBG teams threw smoke and fragged out for weeks to earn their tickets to London, setting up theFACEIT Global Summit[na.pubgesports.com]to be the most competitive tournament yet in PUBG Esports. With the field of 24 teams coming into focus, serious PUBG esports fans can show their appreciation for their favorite players and teams by picking up some of the exclusive FACEIT Global Summit items now available in PUBG.
The FACEIT Global Summit is the first PUBG Classic of the 2019 season and that means 25% of the proceeds from FACEIT Global Summit items will go to the competing teams. The teams at the FGS represent the best of the best and their pursuit of Chicken Dinners promises to be a turning point in PUBG Esports. Fans are grabbing their piece of PUBG Esports history when they pick up FACEIT Global Summit items and the pros get tangible recognition for the work they put in to get to London.
The camouflage hoodie and mask both come with the official FACEIT Global Summit logo and are available starting today from the in-game store. The event begins April 16 PDT but the champion, andwild card slots[na.pubgesports.com]at the PUBG Global Championship, will be decided on April 21 PDT. Fans can purchase the FACEIT Global Summit mask and hoodie until before the live server maintenance starts on April 23 PDT.
Check out the FACEIT Global Summit Skins trailer below.
Among the updates to gameplay balance we released in the latest patch (Patch 27), we made an improvement to the sounds generated by a character's movement, which is a critical sound for gameplay. To provide detailed information on the Rustle/Rattle changes, we would like to explain the changes thoroughly and give some before and after examples.
Previous Character Movement Sounds
In order to continually improve realistic elements in PUBG, our DEV teams recently turned their focus to the sounds that are generated from character movement. Previously, when a character was sprinting at full speed, using the shift key, the character emitted a fixed amount of Rustle/Rattle sounds. The video below gives a good example of this.
As you can see from the video above, the character was still emitting rustling sounds in the early game, even before acquiring any equipment. There were cases where rustling sounds were not being emitted when walking and walking slowly.
Today we’re excited to announce the launch of our third Survivor Pass, Wild Card!
Survivor Pass: Wild Card offers a mixture of great new cosmetic items with a spy film theme, allowing players to drop into their favorite map dressed to kill!
Wild Card works in much the same way as our previous Survivor Passes, with the main pass allowing everyone to earn rewards for free. Players who want access to more rewards, including several great new cosmetic pieces, can purchase the Premium Survivor Pass for $9.99. Doing so immediately earns you the Floral Bomber Jacket item and gives you access to some additional rewards for completing premium missions.
Players have 10 weeks to complete as much of their pass as they can, earning rewards and coupons as they achieve new levels. You will earn either a Blue, Yellow, or White coupon with each level up, which can be exchanged for random crate keys in the Coupon Shop. For those who wish to skip ahead or supplement their current level, level packs are available for purchase once again, immediately granting you the rewards from those levels.
In addition to what we’ve done previously with Survivor Passes, we’ve adjusted the difficulty of missions overall, and have added a new series of challenge missions that revolve around your skills with certain weapons. Completing these missions will unlock a special skin for that weapon, so be sure to complete these if you’re looking for a stylish new way to show off your Tommy Gun, Beryl M762, S686, UMP45, or M16A4 skills!
Survivor Pass: Wild Card is available now and runs until 7pm PDT on June 4th. Complete your missions, earn XP, and dress to kill!
PUBG's latest content release, Update #27, is now available on live servers and we're excited to announce with it the launch of our third Survivor Pass, Wild Card! Read all about it here.
Check out the patch report below for a rundown of what to expect in this update!
To see all the changes included in this update in detail, head over to our patch notes.
This update brings the brand new Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card! With up to 60 rewards available. In celebration of the PUBG 2 year anniversary, we’ve also be added a free 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CAP to the store.
Survival Title System Season 3 has also now been launched! Survival Points from Season 2 have been soft-reset, meaning you don’t have to start completely from scratch. Players who reached the threshold to claim season rewards will receive them soon.
Major changes have been made to the Flare Gun, including quality of life improvements. We’ve added the new MP5K SMG to Vikendi, bumped up the loot on Erangel, made lots of changes to weapon balance, including making the M16A4 stronger, and also reduced aim punch.
We recently released Update #27 on the Test Server, which included lots of changes, including the new MP5K SMG, Survivor Pass 3, and changes to the Survival Title System for season 3. In addition to these, we made quite a few changes to gameplay balance and wanted to go a little more in depth on our thought process behind those in this Dev Letter.
Update #27 is the first major balance patch of 2019. We introduce balance patches such as these to keep the game evolving and prevent gameplay from becoming stale. Our goal is to release a pretty major balance patch roughly once per quarter, to provide a more diverse PUBG experience and keep the game evolving and feeling fresh.
PUBG has been generating various codes for cosmetics items since March of 2017 and over 5 million item codes have been distributed globally through events and promotions.
Distributed codes have historically had no expiration date, which has lead to cases of codes not being used for their intended purpose, or otherwise being exploited/abused. Therefore, in the coming weeks, we will be deactivating certain existing item codes to prevent further abuse and facilitate a healthy item economy.
These changes will also allow us to continue offering players opportunities to obtain item codes through events and promotions well into the future.
On March 23, PUBG celebrates its two-year anniversary since releasing to the public, and what an amazing two years it has been! We’ve witnessed a gaming revolution with the birth of the Battle Royale genre, grew and learned together through beta and early access, and watched our game rise from a small title developed by an even smaller team to one of the most played games in the world. We’ve chosen this day as our overall PUBG anniversary for all platforms, as we felt it best reflects our game’s humble beginnings.
Reflecting on 2018 specifically, we began to tackle some of the issues that came with the lessons we’ve learned as a company, releasing several quality of life improvements and recommitting to higher quality, more stable builds. 2018 also saw the launch of our Training Mode and two brand new maps, the small but savage island map of Sanhok and the beautiful icy landscapes of Vikendi. Lastly, we brought the high intensity PUBG experience to our fans on console with official releases on both XBOX and PlayStation.
Last year also saw the growth of competitive PUBG with our PGI tournament in Berlin, the continuation of Broadcaster Royale tournaments alongside Twitch, and the organization of multiple PUBG pro esports leagues all across the world.
We’re extremely proud of everything we’ve accomplished in 2018 and could not have achieved any of it without your love and support. As our thanks to you and to commemorate our second anniversary, a special anniversary item will be available in-game for free from 3/27 - 4/24 KST on PC and 4/9 - 5/7 on Console. To claim it, visit the in-game store and “purchase” the free item on PC or simply login during the event dates on Console.
But just because we’re celebrating how far we’ve come doesn’t mean we’re not aware of what we still need to accomplish. We’re currently deep into planning improvements to our first map, Erangel. The first changes in this process, increasing and improving loot, have already deployed to test servers, where we welcome your feedback.
We can never properly thank you for your unparalleled support, but on a day such as this, we are happy, we are humbled, and we are more dedicated than ever to making PUBG the best game it can possibly be.
Before we go, we want to leave you with a special message from CH Kim, the CEO of PUBG Corporation.
Happy Anniversary and we’ll see you on the Battlegrounds!
Update #27 is now on the PUBG: Test Server and is scheduled to hit Live Servers next week. We’ll keep you updated and make an announcement once it’s live!
First off, this update brings the brand new Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card! With up to 60 rewards available. In celebration of the PUBG 2 year anniversary, we’ll also be adding a free 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CAP to the store. Lots of changes included in this update, many of which were thanks in huge part to great player feedback.
Major changes have been made to the Flare Gun, including quality of life improvements. We’ve added the new MP5K SMG to Vikendi, bumped up the loot on Erangel, made lots of changes to weapon balance, including making the M16A4 stronger, and also reduced aim punch. We haven’t forgotten bug fixes and we’ve got plenty listed below!
Two years ago, we introduced the world to Erangel, the first map released for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS and for many, their first ever Battle Royale map experience. Since then we’ve continued to evolve our game and release new maps, leaving Erangel stuck somewhere between the core PUBG experience and slightly outdated. Knowing this, we have been continuously collecting and analyzing your feedback, especially when it comes to loot and spawn rate issues. After serious consideration of all these factors, we have made the decision to remaster Erangel. We understand this task will be challenging. To somehow bring Erangel to the visual and tactical fidelity of more recent maps, while keeping the magic and nostalgia that made Erangel and PUBG popular in the first place will be no easy task. That’s exactly why we want to improve and test it alongside our players.
A project like this requires an immense amount of effort and will be completed in phases that will take place over several months. During the project, we will be releasing sections of the overall remaster for testing and feedback as we complete and apply the changes. For the first step in such a huge change, we will first be adjusting the loot and spawn rates of Erangel, which we plan to apply to the test server tomorrow. Today, we would like to share the direction and the intention of these changes to loot.
A while back, we launched the Player Care Package as a way to distribute rewards for completing missions and logging in during special events. Unfortunately, the system had some issues that led to its temporary removal.
We've been hard at work updating it and we're now ready to run a stability test with the latest version. Starting March 14, players who login to the game will receive temporary items through the Player Care Package to stress test the updated system. Please see below for full specifics.
Thank you in advance and as always, your testing and feedback will be valuable in helping us make necessary improvements for the future return of this feature.
Start: Mar 14 3am PDT / Mar 14 11am CET / Mar 14 7pm KST
End: Mar 15 3am PDT / Mar 15 11am CET / Mar 15 7pm KST
For PUBG esports fans, PUBG Europe League (PEL) is shaping up to be one of the marquee competitions of 2019. Before the first phase kicks off on March 21st, here’s everything you need to know about PEL.
This update features two new vehicles for Vikendi, the Zima and Snowbike, improved Replay Editor functionality, and of course - the long awaited return of the Flare Gun, which will now spawn on all maps as rare loot.
There's also a number of smaller system and UI updates, rich presence support for Steam and Discord, along with a handful of bug fixes.
Survivor Pass: Vikendi has now come to a close, but you've still got two weeks to claim any unclaimed rewards earned during the pass!
Jump in, try all the new changes and please share your feedback.
As part of our commitment to keep you posted on our anti-cheat solutions, we wanted to give you a quick update on what we've been doing the last few months. There’s a lot in the works on the anti-cheat front and while we can’t get into specifics on everything, as doing so could actually harm progress, we wanted to go over a few categories to show where we’re at and where we intend to go.
Recently, the community has raised an issue where, in several games including PUBG, the firing rate of weapons was being affected by the frames per second of a player’s PC. Today, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the cause of this issue and what we’re doing to help alleviate it in PUBG.
The current implementation of shooting in burst or full-auto mode relies on the use of timers, or triggers if you will. A timer executes a function after a certain, preset time has passed. On the current live server, this fixed delay is taken directly from rate of fire. After the time set in this timer has passed, it is executed on the next possible frame, as it cannot occur between frames. Should the weapon continue to fire, a new trigger is set automatically with the same fixed delay.
As such, there could sometimes be errors and discrepancies between expected time of fire vs the timer’s execution. This error can be anywhere between 0 and the total frame time (DeltaSeconds). The less FPS you have, the longer the frame time and thus the bigger possible error. Additionally, PUBG does not allow for more than one bullet per frame. During full-auto bursts, those errors can accumulate over time increasing the scope of the problem. Logically, fast firing weapons tend to be more affected by this than the slow firing weapons.
This update brings a loot rebalance to Vikendi, increasing AR spawn rates while reducing SMG spawns, Level 3 helmets, and Level 3 Vests.
In addition, a brand new SMG, the Bizon, will now spawn on Vikendi and Erangel, and players can now experience PUBG's wintry map under the colorful Aurora Borealis with the "Moonlight" weather setting for Vikendi.
Update #25 also features a number of quality of life improvements including the ability to pre-set the firing mode of any firearm you pick up.
Unfortunately, the Snowbike will not be making its appearance this update due to some gameplay issues that need to be fixed. This new Vikendi exclusive vehicle will become available in a future update once the issues have been resolved.
We hope you enjoy Update #25 and as always, remember to share your feedback!
We’re already a month into the launch of Vikendi and we’ve been poring over the data and community feedback about our latest map. On top of loot balance changes, we’re introducing some great new content to Vikendi as well including a new weapon, vehicle, attachment, and the long-awaited Moonlight weather setting for Vikendi. There are also some great quality of life updates and bug fixes, so dig in below to check out all the changes!
Thank you for all of your bug reports and feedback while this update was on the test server. With your help, we identified and resolved many bugs to improve the rollout and overall experience of Update #25.
* Due to critical issues negatively impacting gameplay, we've made the difficult decision of removing the Snowbike from Update #25. The Snowbike won't be added to live servers until these issues are resolved.
New Weapon: Bizon
Added new SMG weapon- the Bizon
Bizon is an SMG exclusive to Vikendi and Erangel
Uses 9mm ammunition and holds 53 rounds by default
Can only take muzzle and sight attachments
Does not take grips or magazines
New Attachment: Canted Sight
Added Canted Sight as a new attachment
Canted sight is a new scope for weapons with a secondary scope slot
The main scope you see when you aim will be different depending on which slot you attach the canted sight and scope
If you equip Canted Sight only, your primary sight will be the Canted Sight.
If you equip Canted Sight after scope, your primary sight will be your scope.
If you equip scope after canted sight, your primary sight will be the Canted Sight.
With the Canted Sight update, the weapon's position and view of angle might feel slightly different than before while in ADS. However, any features which might affect gunplay, such as scope's position in ADS, FOV, and recoil, were not changed.
Players using ‘Hold to ADS’ will be unable to switch to the Canted Sight while ADS due to conflicting keybindings (Alt + RMB). If you’re using ‘Hold to ADS’, we recommend changing the key binding for the Canted Sight hotkey
New Vehicle: Snowbike
Due to critical issues negatively impacting gameplay, we've made the difficult decision of removing the Snowbike from Update #25.
The Snowbike won't be added to live servers until these issues are resolved. We apologize for any disappointment caused.
Added new weather setting on Vikendi
Moonlight: Although the setting is at night, the big glowing super moon and bright aurora borealis will help you to detect enemies
It's already been a month since we released our snow-themed map, Vikendi. First of all, we'd like to thank you for all the feedback on the new map. We’ve seen a lot of praise for Vikendi, from the visuals, to the map layout, to the tracking aspect and we’re thrilled that so many of you are enjoying what we consider to be our best map to date. During this time, we’ve also been collecting your bits of feedback, analyzing in-game data, and making our plan for the best way to address it all. Now that the snow dust has settled, it’s time for us to unveil our findings and plan for Vikendi.
Adjusting balance is a critical task that can greatly impact the game, so thorough review and detailed analysis of feedback in crucial, especially with such new content. Even though changes aren’t always made immediately, the dev team continuously reviews possible improvements based on your feedback.
As a result of these analyses and reviews, we’re deploying a rework to the item spawn balance on Vikendi based on your feedback and our internal data. In this dev letter, we'd like to share more details about our initial design intentions as well as information on the adjusted loot spawn rate that is planned to deploy to the test server later today.
Update 24 brought brand new ways to play PUBG with Vikendi, a new vehicle, and a new weapon, but it also brought a better way to share those experiences with the world. The new PUBG Replay Editor is now live and gives players the tools they need to turn the automatically saved replays of their games into dynamic video clips that let you show off the action of your matches in a way simply recording the screen never could. Adjust camera angles, apply special effects, and export your creations for easy sharing. Just how much can you adjust? Well, the new Replay Editor was used to capture the footage for our Official Vikendi In-game trailer, linked below.