PUBG Mobile 1.8 Guide – Best New Features and How to Download

PUBG Mobile invents the front death crawl.

PUBG Mobile 1.8 arrives tomorrow. It’s the first major update of 2022, and its confusing rollout is already throwing people through a loop. If you’re hoping to dive back into Metro Royale, you needn’t hurry anyway. It won’t show up in the mode selection list for another week and a half. But for anyone who just wants to see what’s new, here’s how to get into one of the more refreshing updates in the game’s recent history.

How to Download PUBG Mobile 1.8

The new PUBG Mobile 1.8 update is what we consider to be a major patch. Typically alternating each month, these beefier updates usually bring enough drastic changes to require Google and Apple to reevaluate the download, making it the kind of update that can’t be pushed through the app itself. If you launch PUBG Mobile on January 14 expecting to download all that new content via the splash screen, you’re going to be sad. You’ll see nothing new, and you’ll be matched with players on the same (old) version until you figure it out.

Thankfully, all you need to do to get in on the 1.8 action is open up your app store of choice. And if you’re the type that needs direct APK downloads, your usual repository should have an up-to-date file for you to grab. Just make sure it reads “PUBG Mobile 1.8″ or something to that effect. For those with access to the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or even something like the Samsung, Amazon, or Huawei app stores, you’ll need to load those up to grab the 1.8 update.

Either find an Updates tab or just search for PUBG Mobile again and you should see the option to update the game. Make sure you’re on a non-metered connection if you’re susceptible to air charges and watch the new content roll in. Once the download has finished and installed, you should be able to launch the game and see new things like the Spider-Man mode and Aftermath map.

PUBG Mobile 1.8 Highlights

Rather than make a long list of every minor and major change the update brings, which you can see in the 1.8 patch notes anyway, we’re going to quickly go over some of the more noteworthy aspects of the latest patch.

Near-Death Swimming

Get shot in the ass when taking a dip? You’re down, but no longer out. Rather than sink, you can now carry on swimming. You won’t get anywhere fast, but if your assailant is a particularly bad shot, you might just get away. Whether or not you’ll be able to get revived while out there in the big blue, however, remains to be seen.

Goodbye React Survival

One of the most barebones new mode additions to the game is going away. After a quick and quiet release right before the holidays, PUBG Mobile‘s Squid Game clone is no more. What could have been so much more, is instead a one-and-done mode: the type that offers no real features or challenge. Thankfully, Metro Royale and Payload are coming along to take their well-earned place.

UI Redesigns

While we can only see a sliver of it in a promo image, the general tidying up of the PUBG Mobile main menus and mode selections is a welcome addition. It may sound like a minor thing, but the game has been cluttered and confusing for a while. This new look is a streamlined approach that’s reminiscent of an ill-fated Windows Phone I lost at a nerdy convention in Sweden five years ago. I miss it, this reminds me of it, and ironically, PUBG Mobile wouldn’t have been supported on it. Happy update day.


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