Like clockwork, another major PUBG Mobile patch has arrived two months since the last. Version 1.2 brings a whole host of new features, game modes, and guns to Tencent’s mobile battle royale title, but not everything we anticipated is being unlocked as soon as the update goes live. Some of the new modes are set to trickle out as the weeks go on, ensuring a steady stream of new content to blend in perfectly with whatever the next assumed February update will have in store.
This time around, we know exactly when each new mode is coming. Unlike the Metro Royale release, which took months after the initial reveal, all the game modes teased for patch 1.2 are coming: Just not at the same time. Here’s when 1.2 goes live, how to download it, and the exact PUBG Mobile Power Armor mode release date.
How to Download PUBG Mobile 1.2
As ever, big PUBG Mobile updates can’t be downloaded through the game itself. You can’t just fire it up as normal and expect the world to change. Instead, you need to head over to your device’s app store of choice, search for the game, and hit the update button. The same goes for playing on the Gameloop emulator. If you live somewhere without app store access, your usual APK site should have the updated game ready for download.
You’ll want to update as soon as possible, though. While you can continue playing the game without the patch, players on different versions can’t be matched together, so you’ll likely notice the player pool shrinking as time goes on.
PUBG Mobile 1.2 Mode Release Dates:
The 1.2 update features three distinct game modes, but not all of them will be available at the same time. They’re not limited to the weekends like certain Arcade modes, either. There’s a quick synopsis of what to expect in each, as well as when you can look forward to playing them.
Runic Power Mode: Jan. 12 – Mar. 2
This one takes over our beloved Erangel and turns it up with a hero shooter like Overwatch. Take either the fire, arctic, or wind rune at the start of the match, and you’ll unlock two unique abilities to use in your quest for chicken dinner. From flame wheels and ice walls to speed boosts and cold bullets, it’s the Erangel you know, only with a little more elemental magic courtesy of a big rock in the sky.
Metro Royale: Honor: Jan. 12 – TBD
The continuation of the best PUBG Mobile mode in years, Metro Royale: Honor is a new chapter in the PvPvE activity. Just like with each new ranked season, this new addition constitutes a ladder reset, meaning any previously held items are forfeit. Now you’re fighting to gain honor from loot and player kills, which can then be exchanged for voice packs, outfits, and other permanent items. Smarter AI is a highlight of this release, so expect tougher challenges from the Steel Front and Cobra enemies as you attempt to climb the ranking. There’s even a solo mode this time around that won’t pair you up with entire squads. Neat.
Power Armor Mode: Feb. 5 – TBA (EvoGround)
Tentatively titled Extreme Hunt throughout the 1.2 beta, the mecha-infused match has been renamed Power Armor mode for release—which makes a lot more sense, actually. It’s still a few weeks away at the time of writing, but the premise has been known for some time. Similar to the Runic Power mode, Power Armor mode sees you use new abilities and buffs to take on your foes. Each piece of the complete Power Armor set you manage to craft throughout the match awards a specific boon, with a devastating fire blast being up for grabs.
Just when you thought the zombies of the old days or the rocket and grenade launchers were peak PUBG Mobile madness, flame wheels, wind walls, and fire-breathing mech suits are right around the corner. The future looks chaotic, to say the least.
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