Update 19.2 is now available in PUBG: Battlegrounds.
The latest patch for PUBG: Battlegrounds, the official name of the game some of us used to know as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, includes a new vehicle, weather system, all-new animations, and a crossover collaboration with British supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive.
Available from now until early November (November 1 for PC and November 9 for console players), the limited-time crossover gives gamers “the opportunity to get a McLaren GT Standard: skin, clothing, equipment, gesture and more for the vehicle in onyx black”. via in-game McLaren Loot Caches, as well as a new Vehicle Workshop and McLaren Container Wagon at match points to keep you busy until the match begins.
Developer Krafton has already confirmed that the “skins do not affect vehicle performance[s]and its original specs remain changed,” so sadly, there’s no way players can quickly skip to a chicken dinner courtesy of an upgraded sports car.
As for the other changes?
“Players logging into Deston can experience the new time of day feature that will provide a more realistic lighting/weather state over the course of a single match,” explains Krafton. “The feature will not support a full day-to-night cycle and will only display a short progression cycle without drastic changes in the angle of the sun.
“The animation update update, originally detailed in a dev letter, is available for Update 19.2! The goal of the update is to enhance the player experience by improving and refining the game’s animation presentation, while preserving existing time and strategy”.
Finally, play through Deston and you’ll notice a delicious new vehicle is now available. You and your teammates will be able to race the not-so-friendly neighborhood food truck across the map, using the food truck’s service hatch to serve up a “bullet buffet” to anyone who gets in your way.
Since he became free to play, PUBG: Battlegrounds has amassed over 80,000 new daily players (opens in a new tab).
Krafton believes it will switch to free-to-play in January, which has helped the battle royale shooter gain more players, as well as “stricter anti-cheating programs” that aim to “ensure a playing field fairer game for all”. .
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