The newest update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on PC, update 19, is live. Now that the PUBG Global Invitational has come to a close, developer PUBG Corp. is back to making big improvements to the game.
One change in this patch is something players have been asking about for a while now: bullet penetration. What this means in PUBG is that bullets will now go through certain parts of players, like their arms or hands, and hit other areas that will do more damage. It may sound like a small change, but it actually makes quite a big difference. What would have been otherwise good shots could have most of their damage mitigated, simply because a player’s arms happened to be in the right spot at the right time. That often frustrates the player doing the shooting.
Thankfully, that has been overhauled in this latest patch and should address most of the communities issues. In update 19, if a bullet hits a player in the hand while their head is directly behind their hand, headshot damage will be applied instead of the minimal hand damage that was being applied before. This means that damage is going to be a whole lot more predictable and shots that seem good will actually be good.
Also among the changes in this new update is the addition of PUBG’s dynamic weather system to all maps. While originally created exclusively for Sanhok, the dynamic weather system — which allows rain and fog weather effects to turn on randomly in the middle of games — turned out to be a popular enough addition to the game that PUBG Corp. added it to Miramar and Erangel as well.
Speaking of improvements to Erangel, PUBG Corp. has also added a few new clusters of houses to the map in places that were previously empty. This is a good change in most cases, as it provides more cover for players who are on foot, more loot on the map as a whole and a new place to fight, rather than open ground to be run across.
While none of these changes are likely to make you rethink the way you play PUBG, each of them is a solid and helpful improvement that helps the game operate the way you expect it to more often. Update 19 is the kind of patch that quietly makes the game much more fun to play without doing anything drastic.
This latest update is available now on the PC version of the game and some of these changes are likely to head to the Xbox version pretty soon. For more information on all the changes made in PUBG’s PC update 19, check out the official patch notes.