A new Battlegrounds update is hitting the test server today, and this time the 48-hour window into PUBG’s 1.0 future brings with new weapons, the end of water’s bulletproof reign of terror and many more changes.
Let’s go through it, starting with those new guns. You can read along at home on the Battlegrounds change notes.
The new weapons are the DP-28 and the AUG A3. The DP-28 is a light-machine gun chambered for 7.62mm rounds. It has a pan magazine (that fancy round thing mounted to the top of the gun) and in this game it’s going to have a low firing rate but a long effective range, with high damage.
The AUG A3 is available exclusively in care packages, and is a bullpup assault rifle that uses 5.56mm ammo, and has high muzzle velocity, a high rate of fire and low vertical recoil. The gun will be familiar to games fans, with variants appearing in Counter-Strike, Battlefield 3 and 4 and several Rainbow Six titles. The other bullpup in PUBG is the Groza, a formidable weapon that can chew up entire teams. If the Aug is similar, expect to be killed by it in the near future.
Some small housecleaning for the Kar98K too. The Kar98K will no longer appear in a care package, making the care packages more attractive. Running across an open field and almost definitely getting shot at by hostiles is no fun when you get a gun you could find, albeit rarely, in an abandoned barn.
Water can be penetrated now, if you’re into that. The faster the bullet’s velocity, the shallower the penetration. I’m trying not to make any jokes here, but it’s very difficult. Genuinely though, this is a great change because at the moment water is bulletproof, and people are exploiting the aquatic armour to survive longer than they should, the tykes.
There’s also substantial changes to UX, Gameplay and even a new font for English language support. Weapon classes have now been rebalanced too, as you can see in the chart below.
Yes, this does mean that punching someone in the crotch is now more effective than punching them in the chest.