After the usual amount of leaks and beta chatter, a massive PUBG Mobile update has just gone live. The patch notes make mention of more than what you’ll see in the update on launch day, though. The focus of PUBG Mobile 0.19.0 is undeniably the game’s first mobile exclusive battle royale map: Livik.
Dubbed Fourex by fans just a few short weeks ago, the hybrid map has been pushed into the live game in a still very much beta state. How it’ll change over time is anyone’s guess, but Tencent is adamant that it’s not a one and done release. Here’s everything you’ll find in patch 0.19.0 and what’s coming as the month of July rolls on.
How to download PUBG Mobile patch 0.19.0
Before we dive into the finer details of what the July update has on offer, it’s important to explain just how you can go about downloading the update.
Smaller updates — like 0.18.5 — are delivered through the game itself, meaning all you need to do to download the update is fire up the game as you normally would, where the game will then grab the new files and apply the update as it boots and logs you in.
Larger updates, like today’s, are too big to be handled that way and need to go through additional vetting processes through the Google Play Store and Apple’s own app store. That means to download PUBG Mobile 0.19.0, iPhone users need to update the game manually through the app store, while Android users need to do the same from Google Play or whichever app store they initially used to download and install the game.
If you installed the game through an APK file in the past, you’ll need to source a 0.19.0 APK to continue playing the game with the rest of the world.
The Best New Features of PUBG Mobile 0.19.0
Livik, being the game’s new crowning achievement, takes center stage this update. It’s featured in almost every area of its marketing, so expect to see it for a long while yet. Due to its smaller size, Livik matches last around 15 minutes, making them far more suited to the shorter play sessions most mobile games are designed around.
Build using parts of the game’s preexisting maps, it’s a mashup of the franchise’s three-year history that can serve as a crash course for newcomers who might use the new map to find their favorite classic offering when they feel skilled enough to take on the core battle royale experience.
The Ancient Secret
This is one we covered in the past. Teased through the beta build, The Ancient Secret will become available “soon”. It’s a mode that matches the theme of Season 14. Players can opt into the version through a toggle switch when selecting Erangel or Miramar.
The mode adds numerous pyramid-style buildings to the map. The smaller structures contain crates and puzzles. The biggest structure, the Ancient Temple, takes flight after a set period of time. Players inside are then tasked with completing the Slate Puzzle. Completion of the challenge opens up a second floor containing a boss guarding “great rewards.”
Team Gun Game
Set to unlock on July 31 and become available each weekend, Team Gun Game is essentially TDM with preset guns. Each player starts with the same loadout and moves up to another with each kill they score. The team that manages to get a kill with the final weapon — the pan — wins the match. This will likely take place on the new indoor-only Library map. It’s a fan-favorite in games like Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.
Voice chat in PUBG Mobile has become a hot topic as of late. Some love it, others loathe it. To aid those who find a random squad match without voice chat to just not be worth it, voice recruitment has been added to quickly find like-minded players.
The somewhat bizarre system lets voice chat fans send out open invitations to play with other voice chat fans. Anyone who accepts an invite then needs to a voice chat with the inviter. If both players like the cut of each other’s jib, they can team up from the same screen. It’s like in-game speed dating.
Cropping, free swapping, UC spending for material tops ups: it’s all here. Guncraft has been given a QA pass to make it more user friendly. It’s essentially the built-in image editing tool it should have been from the start now. Stickers can be used on all firearms now and performance across the board should feel snappier. There’s a seemingly dubious reason for the attention it’s been given, though.
A word of warning, though. As one Redditor pointed out, the new ToS essentially states that Tencent retains the rights to anything made using the tool. Your stellar Guncraft skin can be recreated by Tencent and sold in-game without any of the proceeds ever going to you. Some see it as working for free.
Aside from a bunch of other tiny settings changes you’ll find deep in the game’s trench-like option menus, that’s about it for PUBG Mobile 0.19.0. What’s your first stop?