Since its official release back in December, there haven’t been many gameplay changes in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ patches. But, that’s all about to change thanks to patch 1.0 update 12, which includes the biggest and most sweeping changes PUBG has ever received.
According to a developer post made by developers PUBG Corp. last week, this patch is an effort to reshape the way players think about guns in PUBG and an attempt to give each class of weapons a slightly more defined role. On top of all these weapon balance changes, PUBG Corp. also tweaked some of the loot spawning in the game, and even added a new muscle car to the Miramar map.
All the changes from this patch are currently being tested on the PUBG Test Server, and will be pushed to the live version of the game as soon as the test build is stable. Until then, here are the three most important things to know from PUBG’s biggest patch ever:
1. Guns have been re-balanced, all of them
The whole point of this patch, according to PUBG Corp., was to change weapon balance and they sure did that. Every class of gun got massive changes, but the most immediately noticeable tweaks were to assault rifles, which now have more recoil and do less damage. Hoping to replace ARs, at least in short range, are sub-machine guns and shotguns, both of which got pretty big damage increases. While it’s still too early to tell for sure, these changes could completely shake up the way you think about looting as you wander the various islands of PUBG.
2. There’s a new DMR in the game
It’s been a long time since a new gun was added to PUBG, but with the addition of the SLR in this patch, PUBG Corp. has finally given players something new to try out. This gun is a 7.62 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR), similar to the SKS, which means it’s best at medium to long range, and is semi-automatic. To help it stand out from the game’s other DMRs, the SLR is going to do more damage than any of them, but at the cost of significantly worse recoil.
3. No more level-three helmets in the world, but plenty of new grips
In what might be this patch’s strangest change, PUBG Corp. has removed the level-three helmet from everything but care package drops. While this certainly makes the level-three helmet significantly rarer, it wasn’t made any more powerful by the patch, just harder to find. The other major looting change this patch is the addition of three new grips, and two new scopes. Each of these comes with their own specific advantages and drawbacks, so you’ll have to spend some time with each to see which one you prefer.