PUBG Mobile servers were down yesterday for maintenance owing to the fact that Tencent Games was getting ready to roll out the new update that everyone has been waiting for. Update 0.9.0 brings with it a new night mode, Halloween themed cosmetic items and skins, weapons, and a new spectator mode.
The update is about 500MB in size, and is now rolling out for both Android and iOS users. Tencent is rolling out the update in phases, so it should reach all users eventually. But those who are impatient and want to play the new mode immediately, can download the new updated APK from third-party websites. But be aware, there is always a risk of malicious software with third-party forums.
Tencent Games has also released an exclusive trailer that shows the new night mode, and how the new Halloween-themed costumes look. The company previously posted multiple teasers showing the new merchandise that would be available with the new update.
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The details of what will be available with this update are below.
Perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of Night Mode on the Erangel Map. This will allow players to play in darkness, thereby increasing the challenge in gameplay due to reduced visibility. However, users won’t be able to definitively pick night-time gameplay; the map will alternate between day and right randomly in Classic Mode games. In order to further improve the game, night vision goggles will also be added to the game on this map for night games.
Another big change comes in the form of a Halloween theme for the game. This can be seen in the main menu, as well as decorations in the spawn areas of all maps. Furthermore, enemies killed by the AKM weapon will become scarecrows on the map. This is part of the build-up to the Halloween holiday on October 31, which is a big occasion in the United States.
New Weapon, Vehicle usage improvements
A new weapon has been introduced to the Sanhok map – the QBU DMR. The gun replaces the Mini14 rifle on the map. Additionally, the Rony pick-up truck has been introduced, which can also be found only on Sanhok. Other changes include first-person perspective while driving, engine sound effects and more.
This is a key change that will help games going forward. The game will attempt to match teammates in random games based on language spoken, trying to match with players that speak the same language for better team games when matching with random players. Matchmaking speed and accuracy have also been improved.
Players can now spectate opponents even after they have been killed in a game. Spectator mode previous only worked in team games where users could watch their team mates’ actions after dying in the game.
General performance improvements
As is usually the case with updates, PUBG Mobile 0.9.0 will bring various performance and gameplay improvements, including resolutions for game-crash issues, reduced loading times and improvements in the game update mechanism.
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While we don’t have a firm timeline on when the update will roll out, these changes are already live on the global beta version. However, we do expect the full version update to be made available by Tencent Games through the Google Play Store and in-game updating system in the coming days, timed with the Halloween holiday.