Since its release in Early Access in March 2017, PUBG: Battlefields has become one of the most successful games of recent years. Although now surpassed by numerous other titles, it was that of Krafton PUBG which set the stage for the battle royale genre in the mainstream gaming space. But also with the likes of Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legendsand other, PUBG continues to expand its offering to fans. Its latest update introduces a new addition to Training Mode along with a host of other changes.
PUBG has gained some popularity again in the past few months following its transition to the free-to-play model. The move was such a success PUBG: Battlefields saw a growth rate of nearly 500% with the free-to-play launch. This rate was even higher in some areas, such as the Asian and South American regions. In the midst of all of this, the battle royale seems eager to take advantage of recent growth as it focuses on making changes and introducing new elements to entertain fans. The 1v1 Arena for the game’s Training mode is one of these additions.
According to the patch notes of Update 17.2, the 1v1 Arena in Training mode will allow players to go through 1v1 rounds with another player or watch other players fight in the arena. When you face another player, each match will be three rounds, with each round lasting 60 seconds. Also, while waiting to enter a 1v1 game, players will not be able to access it PUBG training areas, including Aim / Sound Lab, indoor private internships or Jump School.
The update, which will launch on May 11 for PC and May 19 for consoles, also lists many other changes to PUBG, such as weapon balance added to MK12 and Mini14 DMR. Krafton says the use of the 5.56mm DMRs was far below expectations and hopes the changes will make them “more attractive and used more frequently.” Additionally, the game’s crosshair is also undergoing some noticeable changes, such as enemy detection range ranging from 1000m to 600m and the white passive indicator no longer automatically appearing in ADS mode.
Although PUBG has grown with its free-to-play round, its numbers have already begun to decline. Steam tracking service SteamDB puts the number of simultaneous PUBG players since free-to-play peaked at 700,000. That’s a noticeable drop from the 3 million concurrent Steam players around January 2018. Regardless, the developers don’t seem to be done with PUBG anytime soon, considering the list of updates and announcements over the past few months. Indeed, with rumors about a possible PUBG 2 in the works, the excitement and anticipation of battle royale will likely persist.
PUBG: Battlefields is now available on mobile, PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One.
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