The mobile incarnation of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG Mobile has been creating waves with its popularity all over. It has quickly breached the top tier of all games on mobile and can safely be said to be one of the most popular games on mobile right now. It has in fact become so popular that it has breached the 20 million daily players ceiling on mobile. This number doesn’t even include the numbers from Japan, Korea and China. And this is a big deal because the game is extremely popular in China.
The game is currently in the Season 3 with the launch of Sanhok map and update 0.8.0. And during the Season 2, which is the previous 14-week period of games, Tencent Games says that over 130 million players from more than 200 countries participated and have been able to earn 864,425,575 chicken dinners. 864 million chicken dinners essentially mean that same number of games were played. And this shows just how much the game has become popular since launching less than just five months ago.
PUBG Mobile recently saw the launch of a new 0.8.0 update that saw the introduction of the much awaited Sanhok map. Here’s a recap of what was introduced in the recent update.
New Map: Sanhok
Apart from the existing two maps – Erangel and Miramar – PUBG Mobile is set to get the 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 half 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 with more guns available, quicker intense fighting, and as a result, quicker games.
New Vehicles: Bulletproof 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 Sanhok map.
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 with the crate drops.