A single round of Battlegrounds usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes, maybe more depending on how well you’re doing. Today’s update for iOS and Android devices shrinks that down to a cool about five or 10 minutes, which is especially handy for playing on the go.
That’s accomplished thanks to a smaller safe area and fewer starting players — 28, versus the usual 100. You’ll drop right from the airplane into a circle that’s only a few kilometers across. That’s plenty of room to gear up and get into the action. The mode feels especially well-suited to duos and squad games played with random people. There’s less of a risk of your teammates heading in opposite directions, and more opportunities for them to help you out early on.
The update also adds a few novelty modes, including snipers only, shotguns only, pistols only and melee weapons only. There’s also a so-called “item heaven” mode that piles on the high-level loot early and often.
The update, referred to as 0.4.0, also adds a training grounds feature. That allows you to pick up and try all of the game’s weapons at a shooting range. So, if you’ve never had the pleasure of finding an M249 in a supply crate now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about.
There are other players on the range in that mode, however, which is something that I hope they eliminate soon. They can’t actually hurt you, but getting shot in the face while trying to practice muzzle control at range isn’t helping anyone.
No word on whether or not these modes will be brought over to the PC or Xbox One experience. We’ve reached out to PUBG Corp. to see if they’ll provide more details.