This Thanksgiving, we ought to be thankful to PUBG Mobile for sticking to monthly updates. While working to fend off hackers and set up a record-breaking tournament, the dev team has managed to keep waves of new content splashing into the game: some good and some… not so good.
Patch 0.15.5 arrived a few weeks back now, paving the way for a PUBG Mobile 0.16.0 beta. Eager players are already testing some of what the new patch has to offer, but without a concrete list of the finer details (or release date), we’re here to outline the three best things to look forward to in PUBG Mobile’s upcoming major patch.
Erangel 2.0 – PUBG Mobile 0.16.0 Beta
That’s right! The big Erangel update is nearly upon us. Teased not long after PUBG proper got the same treatment, Tencent is about to light a few phones on fire with a graphically redesigned Erangel. This first and most iconic map of the whole game, Erangel 2.0, offers a fresh coat of paint to the battle-hardened map.
PUBG Corp. Executive Producer TS Jang offered a first look at the new map back in August, showcasing things like new lighting tech and more detailed environments. There’s no guarantee what was shown in the video was truly representative of the finished product shipped to the world’s mobile phones, but it sowed the seeds of excitement between the already heated PMCO finals. And with the very same event happening this weekend, there’s a good chance we’ll see more.
It might not float everyone’s boat. After all, PUBG Mobile has more than one map. But if you’ve grown tired of strolling the grassy hills of Erangel over the last 12 months, Erangel 2.0 could reignite that old spark.
Actual Glass Windows – PUBG Mobile 0.16.0 Beta
Halloween may have been and gone already, but players haven’t forgotten about how PUBG Mobile rang in the holiday. Beyond the seasonal costumes and cosmetics, a new feature was clearly brewing – glass. We’ll forgive you for not noticing the added detail – just as we’ll forgive you for not noticing its omission since the game launched – but keen-eyed soldiers don’t let potential tactical advantages slip them by.
Still not sure what we’re talking about? Breakable glass. In the windows. It’s finally happening. PUBG Mobile houses have all suffered from a lack of proper insulation, and with the chilly winter nights right around the corner, every open window in the game looks to be getting replaced with a breakable pane of glass. That means you won’t be able to silently climb through a house like a ninja, and camping in an abandoned abode should start to feel a little more like home.
You’ll finally be able to live out your freaky Santa fantasies this Christmas. Jolly old St. Nicholas is packing heat, and he knows dropping down the chimney probably won’t land him a chicken dinner any time soon.
The TPP to FPP Toggle Switch – PUBG Mobile 0.16.0 Beta
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that PUBG Mobile is a third-person game. It only takes a Classic first-person perspective (FPP) queue to notice that. Spinning around is tricky on a touchscreen, and the ability to peek around every corner is too much a tactical advantage for anyone to pass up. But to help out those who swear by the first-person perspective who don’t have the extra few minutes to spend waiting in a queue, the new TPP to FPP Switch option set to arrive in PUBG Mobile 0.16.0 could be an enticing middle ground.
The new feature, which screenshots show as a toggle in the game settings, will allow players in TPP matches to switch to and from FPP view at will. It’s not going to mean much for diehard TPP players, but it gives FPP aficionados the ability to join the shorter TPP match queues with their preferred style of camera.
Being able to switch on-the-fly with the on-screen button means FPP players can make use of TPP corner peeking when absolutely necessary. It levels the playing field somewhat and gives first-person players a way to experience the apparent core PUBG Mobile experience without having to sacrifice their own comfort. Dedicated FPP modes will still be there for those who want that hardcore-style gameplay. And no, TPP players won’t be able to infiltrate your full first-person match and start looking like a hacker.
No doubt some of you will have been left wondering where the rumored Death Race mode fits into this already questionable tier list. It doesn’t. Just about every PUBG Mobile update features a new weird and wacky game mode; so much so that highlighting a new one every month is starting to feel a little stale. Especially when most just migrate right back to Classic after the first few days, leaving each new mode on life support in a matter of days.
At this point, we feel it’s best to focus on how PUBG Mobile shakes up its own winning formula. Between breakable, noisy windows, a refreshed Erangel, and the reintroduction of FPP players into the wider community, it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand why these particular new features make PUBG Mobile 0.16.0 beta a patch to watch out for.
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