PUBG Update For PC Adds New Car, A New Gun, Map Select; Full Patch Notes Released

Remind you that the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds update 12 is a major new “big one,” which has been released to the games’ test server ahead of a full release on PC. Along with the upgrade, PUBG Corp. has also detailed everything to expect with full patch notes, with a new map selection menu, improvements to the Miramar map, a muscular new vehicle called the Mirado, and the usual array of tweaks and bug fixes.

If not there’s also a major focus on weapon balance changes, which PUBG team said will necessitate a longer wait for this update to go from the test server to live. Where the PUBG on PC update is concerned, the patch notes declare something which ranges from new content like a weapon, vehicle, and attachments to numerous balance changes and the long-awaited map-select feature.

While the goal, however, the studio said, is to reduce the dominance of certain weapons in the game so that players are freer to fight with guns they like, rather than whatever happens to be the most powerful. Right from the main menu, players can choose which of the game’s map they wish to play on, alongside their choices of perspective and team.

With the Codename: Savage map still in testing, you can choose either Erangel or Miramar to guarantee that’s the map you play on (you’ll see a “coming soon” icon for Savage). If you have more than one map selected, you’ll randomly placed into a match featuring one of them. PUBG Corp. says it may change how this works in the future versions of the game as more maps are released.

To make that happen, pistols, SMGs, and LMGs are getting buffed, while shotguns and auto rifles take a nerf and DMRs – Designated Marksman Rifles – are an up-and-down jumble. In terms of new content, there’s a new gun, the SLR. It’s a DMR with a 10 round magazine (20 when extended) that uses 7.62mm ammo. In fact, the developers say it’s “more powerful than the SKS but have more recoil. Recoil control is the key to using the SLR effectively.”

There’s also a new vehicle, the Mirado, it’s only found on Miramar. It’s a muscle car with four seats. The classic muscle car is restricted to the Miramar map, that developers say will be “a compliment to the other unique vehicles on Miramar.” The van is extremely sturdy, but slow and ineffective when taken off-road; the pickup is great for off-road travel, and the Mirado is the fastest way to blaze down a highway.”

This update also brings in a bunch of new attachments, including the duckbill for shotguns that reduces vertical pellet spread, several grips, and two new scopes. Here’s how PUBG Corp. describes them all:

  • Duckbill: A new attachment for shotguns (S1897, S12K). It reduces the vertical pellet spread but increases horizontal bullet spread
    • Attachable to S1897, S12K
  • Light Grip: It reduces recoil recovery time but increases vertical and horizontal recoil
    • Attachable to ARs, SMGs, DMRs (UMP9, AUG, M416, SCAR-L, SKS)
  • Thumb Grip: It reduces vertical recoil but increases horizontal recoil. It also increases the recoil recovery time
    • Attachable to ARs, SMGs, DMRs (UMP9, AUG, M416, SCAR-L, SKS)
  • Half Grip: It reduces vertical and horizontal recoil and also reduces recoil recovery time
    • Attachable to ARs, SMGs, DMRs (UMP9, Vector, AUG, M416, SCAR-L, SKS)
  • Scope 3x: This scope has fixed 3x magnification with an illuminated reticle. It’s discoverable as a common world-drop item
  • Scope 6x: This scope has variable 3x-6x magnification. It’s discoverable as a rare world-drop item.

Now, the weapon balance changes, have already been discussed previously and are fairly extensive. In short, the goal is to make more weapons viable so that assault rifles are not so widely considered the best option at all times. For instance, it sees a drop in damage for a number of assault rifles, but an increase for various pistols, SMGs, and LMGs.

Other adjustments include Level 3 helmets now only being found in supply drops, improvements to Miramar, and a variety of fixes. You can see the full patch notes for Update 12 right here.

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