Still in Steam Early Access, global sensation Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is pushing out a fairly sizeable update for September that has now been detailed in full. The headline new stuff is a new foggy weather mode, a new gun and there's a new town added to the Erangel map.
But there are also a ton of other, smaller changes, including a slew of optimizations to make the game run better on a range of different spec PCs.
The update is set to push out later this week, but folks who can't wait that long can play it on the test servers right now. Just open up your Steam library and make sure you've installed the test server client which you'll find directly below the main game in your games list.
Fog adds a whole new dimension to the gameplay, slashing the visibility across the landscape, particularly in FPP mode. On the test servers, the foggy weather is currently heavily weighted to appear so it can be given as much time as possible before pushing out to everyone. In the regular game, this won't be the case though, with a low probability of appearing.
The latest weapon to make its way into PUBG is the Mini-14.
Another big addition, especially for the competitive scene, is leaderboards for the FPP game mode. Let the grind to number one commence!
Away from the actual gameplay, Bluehole has made a number of optimizations to the environment with the aim of making the game run smoother. It's no secret that even on high-end gaming PCs, PUBG isn't exactly a benchmark for performance right now. Shadows and buildings have both had work done on them, with buildings in particular targeted at making things more playable on lower-end PCs.
Oh, and there's a new town added to the map, East of Stalber. Loot hard.
In addition to what we're getting now, Bluehole has confirmed some additional details on a much awaited in-game ability: Vaulting. Long story short, it'll probably be here in November.
There are so many little bits and pieces inside this update that we'd be here all day talking about them all. Hit the full patch notes to see every little detail. Test servers are now live and will be up for "at least two days" prior to any push to the release client. So if you like your PUBG on the bleeding edge, drop in and grab some dinner.
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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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