PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the rage of the mobile gaming world right now, and for good reason. The mobile version of the popular PC and Xbox One game, PUBG Mobile is available for both Android and iOS. However, its enjoyed much more success on the Android platform, owing to its popularity in Asia, particularly in India and China. And while the current stable version is version 0.7.0, PUBG Mobile 0.8.0 is coming soon.
The next version, reported on GQ India, brings some changes to the game, including a new weapon, new vehicles, and the highly-anticipated Sanhok map. The new version is still some time away from a global stable release, but the beta version has been available for some time now. We’ve managed to install the beta version on an Android smartphone, and everything seems to be working fine for the time being. However, the beta version functions as a separate app on your phone, and needs a separate profile to be set-up as well. You will therefore have to start from scratch, but if you’ve already been playing PUBG Mobile, the learning curve will be relatively quick.
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New features in PUBG Mobile 0.8.0
New Map: Sanhok
Apart from the existing two maps – Erangel and Miramar – PUBG will have the highly-anticipated Sanhok added as the third map for classic mode. The new map is based on tropical rainforests of South-East Asia, and is significantly smaller than the other two maps in the game, at about a quarter of the size. The number of players starting a game will still be 100, so this will lead to a larger concentration of players in a smaller area, quicker intense fighting, and as a result, quicker games.
New Vehicles: UAZ and Muscle Car
A couple of new large vehicles have been added to the game as well, which are larger and offer better protection and performance while driving in the game. The UAZ is a variant of the SUV that is already present in the game, while the muscle car is among the better looking vehicles in the game.
New Weapon: QBZ
The QBZ is an assault rifle that uses the game’s standard 5.56mm ammo. It will likely be replacing the Scar-L in the game.
Some additional, relatively smaller features are a part of the new version, including giving the player apples to throw at others in the pre-game waiting area, and changes to the UI and settings including limits on auto-pickup of ammo. Interestingly, the 8X scope will no longer randomly spawn on the Sanhok map, although it will be available in air drops. The M24 rifle too won’t be available on the Sanhok map.