New PUBG update overhauls weapon meta in Krafton’s battle royale game, transforming attachments, gun handling, vehicular combat and safe radius to Deston to return everything – from score casualties waiting for your opponents – much more difficult.
Let’s start from the top. If, like pretty much everyone else, you’ve always favored the vertical grip, chances are you’ll need to change tact, as several of its rival attachments have been tweaked and buffed to rebalance the meta. The standard thumb grip now handles better with increased ADS velocity, while the angled front grip has significantly improved recoil control. The light grip is starting to look like the overall best bet going forward, with +20% recoil recovery added after every shot.
“The Vertical Foregrip shows good performance and gets a lot of love from our players,” says PUBG Dev Team. “However, we didn’t want to maintain a meta where everyone uses the same attachment and repeats similar fighting styles every match. Therefore, we decided to improve other attachments based on their individual characteristics and unique.
And speaking of altering the meta, if you think jumping into a vehicle is a surefire way to kill bags, you might need to think again. Weapon recoil when firing from the passenger seat of a vehicle has been increased by 10%, and if you’re behind the wheel, you can no longer reload your handgun and steer at the same time – any direction changes will instantly cancel the reload animation.
Additionally, reload time increased by 50% and recoil increased by 20%. Basically, scoring a kill while driving is out of the question, good news if you prefer to travel on foot and are fed up with getting hit by passing vehicles, bad news if you like to stop occasionally.
The M16 and MK47 have received some much needed attention and can now take both 8x and 15x scopes to compensate for not having fully automatic modes. Previously only suitable for mid-range encounters, as they lost accuracy over distance and couldn’t hold off enemies up close, this has the potential to make both guns extremely strong all-rounders.
And you’re going to need it, because the tried-and-true strategy of bypassing the safe beam and waiting for the blue zone to engulf your opponents has become less reliable – or at least it was on Deston. Having noticed that players were dying in the blue more often in Deston than on any other map, the PUBG dev team increased the radius rate significantly, which means that the circle of safety, although it still becomes more small at each phase, will not decrease in size therefore more strongly. This will give your enemies more room to hide, forcing you to leave cover and go looking for them rather than waiting for blue to wipe them out.
The new PUBG update also brings a variety of small quality of life and bug fixes, including an added number to the starting plane, so you can see for sure how many people are left on board before you make your jump. You can see the other quality of life changes here.
With the PUBG meta being transformed, be sure to check out our guide to all PUBG weapons. You can also take a detailed look at each PUBG map to help you plan your deliveries and get some essential tips from our PUBG guide to help you secure that evening meal of poultry.