PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by Tencent Games' PUBG Corporation. The game that defined the battle royale genre in 2017 received multiple game of the year nominations and also won the Best Multiplayer Game of the Year at the 2017 Game Awards.
Gameplay in PUBG and PUBG Mobile
PUBG centers around the concept of survival of the fittest. Players will have to drop from an aircraft at any desired location within a map, collect weapons, attachments, throwables, healing items, vehicles, etc to defend themselves from opponents. However, things get interesting over time as the playable area constantly shrinks due to the presence of a powerful field, effectively enforcing faster pace and increased battle scenes towards the end of the game. In-game loot and supply drops allow the player in PUBG to replenish supplies to stay competitive in the game and the last player to live wins the chicken dinner.
Gaming platforms that support PUBG Mobile
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) was initially rolled out for Windows PCs. It was eventually expanded to Xbox one, Android and iOS mobile devices. The latest additions to these are the PUBG Lite versions for Mobile and PC. While the Mobile version released on July, 2019, PUBG Lite for PC is set to release on the 10th of October 2019.
Gaming modes in PUBG Mobile
Classic mode in PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite
The classic mode typically has 100 players fighting it out at the battlegrounds as solos, duos or squads. The classic mode currently has four maps including Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok and Vikendi in the PC and mobile versions. Camp Jackal is an additional map present in the PC versions.
Arcade mode in PUBG Mobile
The arcade mode has four gaming modes including Quick Match, Sniper Training,
War and Mini-Zone available in Erangel, Miramar and Sanhok maps in the mobile versions.
EvoGround mode in PUBG Mobile
The EvoGround consists of Team Death Match mode set in a warehouse map. Besides, it also has a Zombie mode in three variations: Infection, Survive till Dawn and the Darkest Night in the mobile versions.
PUBG Mobile Esports
Esports for PUBG began with a charity tournament in 2017 marking the sales of 2 million copies. Post this multiple tournaments across platforms including ESL, NPL and various other regional and international level tournaments were inagurated. Currently, PUBG Mobile Club open, an international tournament is ongoing in various regions across the globe. Click here to know everything about PMCO 2019.
PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds is a Battle Royale game available on PC, Xbox One, Play Station 4, and Mobile. The game has revolutionized the gaming landscape for mobile gaming and is now the flag bearer for mobile Esports. Over the course of two years, PUBG Mobile has become a premier title that boasts a huge player base. The game has already crossed 600 Million downloads and doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. PUBG Mobile was the second most downloaded game in 2019, finishing just behind Garena Free Fire.
PUBG Mobile follows the classic Battle Royale tradition where 100 players dive from a plane and land on an abandoned island. Players then have to survive using all the weapons and gears available on the map. The last standing man on the map wins the game and the glorious “Chicken Dinner” as well. Players can play solo, duo or with a squad. There are a plethora of weapons available in the game which ranges from pistols to Sniper Rifles. Apart from guns, there are different grenades available that can be used in different scenarios.
Here are the different categories of guns that are available in PUBG Mobile-
- Melee weapons
- Submachine guns(SMG)
- Assault Rifles(AR)
- Designated Marksman Rifles(DMR)
- Sniper Rifles(SR)
PUBG Mobile Updates
Tencent (the developers) rolls out patches and updates for PUBG Mobile on a regular basis. This keeps the game fresh and players always have something new to try. The game is dynamic and the overall meta might change from patch to patch. New updates usually include bug fixes, new game modes, and new events.
Currently, the patch 0.16.5 is up and running on the live servers and here are the major highlights of the patch:
- Royale Pass Season 11: Operation Tomorrow
- New Arena’s map Town has been released
- New Domination mode arrived in the EvoGround segment
- Old TDM map Warehouse is available again in the latest version
- Firearm Balancing: Groza bullet damage in Arena has been lowered to 45
The patch first rolls on the beta servers and after proper testing and trial it comes on the live servers. Tencent usually gives a prior notice if there is an upcoming patch along with the full patch notes. Players can manually download the patch or wait for the automatic patch update. The release date of the official patch might differ from region to region but the exact time for release is usually mentioned in the patch notes.
PUBG Mobile News
PUBG Mobile has become a part of the mainstream culture at this point and it is always on the headlines. PUBG Mobile references have become very common and most of the youth are familiar with it.
Due to game insane popularity, Tencent has partnered with popular Indian YouTube channel The Viral Fever to release a dedicated PUBG Mobile-based web series.
PUBG Mobile was banned in some cities of India for a brief period but the ban was quickly lifted. There is also an alternate version of the game which is called Peacekeeper and it is available in China.
The Esports landscape of PUBG Mobile is rapidly growing with multiple tournaments getting organized left and right. 2019 saw the start of PMCO, one of the biggest tournaments for the game. PMCO is divided into two-phase; Spring split and Fall split, both of which saw a huge success in 2019. Spring split had a massive prize pool of USD 400,000, while Fall Split had a prize pool of USD 500,000. The tournament is returning for 2020 and the PMCO Spring split has already been announced.
Other big tournaments include PMAS, PEC, and PMSC.
The tournaments are also being organized on a small scale, which gives new players a proper competitive experience. Some of the recent small scale tournaments include Mafia Cup, Thug Invitational and Villager Esports Invitational.
PUBG has played a major role in promoting Mobile Esports. PUBG Mobile athletes have a proper salary, and just like any other conventional job, there are various contracts offered to these players. Big organizations like Fnatic, Faze Clan and Cloud 9 have also joined the PUBG Mobile fray in recent times.
There are plenty of additional things a player can do in PUBGM to improve the overall gameplay. In order to reach the top, players need to be on their toes all the time. Apart from practicing the right way, there are multiple guides that can help players to get better at the game.
Here are a few guides that can help players to get better in PUBG Mobile-
- Ultimate Guide to the Best PUBG Mobile Guns
- 9 Ways To become A Professional PUBG Mobile Player
- Top 5 locations to find Flare Gun in Erangel map
- Best camping and hiding spots in PUBG Mobile's TDM Warehouse
- 5 Tips for beginners who are struggling to win in PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile is a free-to-play game which can be downloaded from Playstore or App store. The total download size of the game on Android is 1.64 GB and 2.4 GB on iOS.
PUBG Mobile can also be played on a PC or Laptop using an emulator. Tencent has its own dedicated emulator for running the game but players can also try other alternatives which include Bluestacks and GameLoop.
PUBG Mobile is one of the most popular battle royale games of today's time and is thoroughly enjoyed by millions of players.