After years skirting around the 0.X.X builds, PUBG Mobile is finally out of what would typically be known as a beta. Even though there’s a separate beta branch with each previous update. It’s a questionable development practice that’s not all too uncommon these days. Though it sure is confusing! Allow us to untangle this mess just a bit with our guide to download the New Era update for PUBG Mobile.
Thankfully, the most confusing stuff is all in the past now. With the big 1.0 update, Tencent’s massive battle royale title has gone full-circle by finally reworking the map it launched with back in 2018. Erangel 2.0 is here, out of beta. Here’s how you can play it.
A New Era – How to Download PUBG Mobile 1.0
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take that excitement down a notch. You can’t just tap your PUBG Mobile icon and launch straight into Erangel 2.0. You’ll just land back on 0.19.0 and see nothing but timeout messages when you go to join a match.
Smaller updates — like 0.18.5 — are delivered through the game itself. That means all you need to download the update is to fire up the game as you normally would. The game will then grab the new files and apply the update as it boots and logs you in. That’s the easy part!
Larger updates — like this one — are too big to handle that way. They need to be approved by Google and Apple before going live on their app stores. That means to download PUBG Mobile 1.0, iPhone users need to update the game manually through the app store. Meanwhile Android users may need to jump through a couple extra hoops, depending on their current situation.
For the vast majority of players, updating the app through the Google Play store should be the only issue. For others, it depends where you tend to get your games from. Samsung owners might want to hit up the Galaxy App Store. Whereas power users or those without access to Google services (on newer Huawei devices, for example) need to check out a side-loading platform, download the game directly from the PUBG Mobile site, or hit up online app repositories like APKPure for a game file they can manually install.
Chances are, if you install the game in one of these convoluted, more advanced ways, you’ll know how to update already; so just go about your business.
PUBG Mobile Update Times
Another commonly asked question during the bigger bimonthly updates is what time the update is set to go live. Well, the game already moved up to 1.0 by the time it came to wake up and write this little guide. So no matter where you are in the world, if you have access to PUBG Mobile, Erangel 2.0 should be ready to install. You’re all good to go!
As for when the New Era update will be playable… that’s a whole other story. Online games tend to allow players to download the update while the servers are offline and undergoing the maintenance they need to welcome the new additions. Though, again, by the time this article is live, the servers will almost certainly be back online. Just update your game and hop straight into Erangel 2.0.
PUBG Mobile 1.0 Update Rewards
For whatever reason, Tencent still thinks we need an added incentive to update the game. It’s something you see in software development to tempt people away from suddenly unsupported build and their liabilities. However, with Erangel 2.0 being the most-requested feature for well over a year now, it’s all the convincing we need to hit the update button. It’s hard to picture the PUBG Mobile player who doesn’t want this.
Regardless, if you make it into 1.0 before Sept. 13, 2020, you’ll get 2,888 BP, 100 AG, and the Red Racecar Knight Backpack tossed in as thanks. That last one is only good for three days, though. Get in while the getting’s good!
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