PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Update 29 has now been released on the test servers. This update comes with new updates, map changes, as well as mainly rebalancing for the Vikendi map. With player feedback, the PUBG team has tweaked the map to make it more playable. They have also made other UI improvements.
PC Players: Update #29 is now available on the PUBG: Test Server!
This update brings the 2nd round of Vikendi balance changes, Tactical Map Markers, Custom Match improvements and a bunch of QOL changes.
— PUBG Support (@PUBG_Support) May 15, 2019
A feature that originated from Apex Legends, and which Fortnite Battle Royale also quickly introduced, is the “ping-ing” system. PUBG has added a new feature named “Tactical Map Markers” which serves the same basic concept.
It features six different marker types for different situations. These include markers that are color-coded based on the player that marked it and symbols that describe what it marks. The marker types include Attack, Danger, Defend, Loot, Regroup, and Vehicle symbols.
Teammates located outside your minimap will now have an arrow and their status shown at the edge. This way, players can accurately tell the direction of other teammates without expanding the minimap.
This update also changed the Flare Gun crosshair display. It now shows a circle to display the end location, when trying to call in a Special Care package or Armored UAZ. This is similar to what players see when they are about to throw a grenade.
Other UI/UX improvements also include store item previews, improvements to spectating to prevent unfair advantages, and the lobby screen.
After feedback, the PUBG developers have made Vikendi into a more long-range map. This means increased long guns like snipers and the addition of the MK47 Mutant. Also, they will add new vehicles like 4-wheel drive vehicles along with snowbikes. The changes are detailed below.
To support a wider variety of gameplay experiences around Vikendi, the initial safe zone will now be placed in more varied locations and the waiting time between certain blue zone phases has been reduced.
Vehicle spawn rate has received a change along with the blue zone adjustments mentioned before. This includes an increased four-wheel drive vehicle spawn.
Weapon and item spawn rates have been adjusted to fit in with the new play style. To accommodate more medium and long-range plays, certain weapons now appear more. Others that are more suitable for short-range play have also been lessened. The same goes with attachments like a long-range sight and vice versa.
Adjustments to Item Spawns on Vikendi:
The Cave on Vikendi is supposed to be a secret area. With the map area now well known and where many players drop, the loot will now be adjusted. This is to balance the map so that there is still good loot, without it having too overpowering of an advantage.
Increased Moonlight weather condition percentage.
A big change with this update deals with Custom Matches. During custom matches, players used to have the option to change up certain values. These values altered item spawn rates, revive times, circle speed and damage, how quickly a game would progress, and more. Although there was a selection of certain game modes, there wasn’t much flexibility. Now, new additions will make certain game modes work better.
In most games of the First-Person Shooter genre, players will spawn into a match with a certain class or outfit of weaponry. Now, PUBG players will also have a Spawn Kit option. Yes, players or their platoon can now play a different kit. This new selection is only for the War Mode, War Mode: Conquest, and Normal Mode in Custom Matches.
These are the Spawn Kits that we know of so far.
Along with these options, the devs have added new items to Custom Matches. These can only be found in the Spawn Kits and are not in standard matches. This includes a Critical Response Kit and a Mechanic’s Toolbox.
Critical Response Kit – Having this Kit and reviving teammates as usual will get them up much faster than traditional reviving without the Kit.
Mechanic’s Toolbox – Using this toolbox in a vehicle will repair a certain amount of vehicle health.
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