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New PUBG Mobile game mode coming soon – release date, new weapons, more

Published: 21/Oct/2019 15:49 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 16:02

by Andy Williams

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile game is set to receive a brand-new game mode called ‘Payload’ on October 23, following the 0.15.0 update that brought a host of changes to the popular battle royale.

Tencent Games’ mobile take on PUBG is one of the most popular games in the world. Boasting over 100 million concurrent monthly players, the game is one of the highest grossing mobile games, having earned over $160 million in the month of August 2019 alone.  

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It’s no surprise that the developers behind PUBG Mobile are still pushing out updates for the game, over 18 months after its release to the public. Notably, the 0.15.0 update introduced the Halloweeks event, which kicked off on October 16. Now, an all-new Payload Mode is coming to the battle royale.

Tencent GamesPUBG’s Halloweeks event brought a brand-new night mode.

What is the Payload game mode?

Payload was initially leaked in the 0.15.0 patch notes, and will implement a respawn system known as ‘Teammate Recall’ in a similar vein to that initially coined by Apex Legends

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The mode will feature heavy weaponry, explosive ordinance and will provide players with the ability to fly an attack helicopter for the first time. A full breakdown of what to expect can be found below:

  • Helicopters – For the first time ever, players can take to the skies to seek and destroy enemies with the new attack helicopter
  • Super Weapon Crate – Spawns regularly and activates after three minutes. Contains air drop weapons, Lv. 3 armor, Payload Mode weapons and more!
  • Teammate Recall – Fallen teammate identification cards can be collected and taken to the nearest Communication Tower for a quick revive
  • New Payload Weapons – The explosive RPG-7, M3E1-A, M79 Grenade Launcher and M134 minigun are now available 
  • Air Strike Beacon – Players can call in air strikes to targeted areas around the map
  • Vehicle Repair Packs – Packs can be unlocked to fixed damaged vehicles and tires.

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When is Payload coming to PUBG Mobile?

The brand-new game mode is set to go live on October 23, and will likely require another update as part of the implementation of the new game mode. 

“Our Devs are hard at work putting on the final polish to this exciting new addition coming October 23. Who out there is looking forward to flying in a Helicopter?”

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Although the mode has been around in beta version for some time, the October 23 update will feature Payload as part of their Arcade Mode — so get ready for some more fast-paced action!

Itching to get your hands on the new game mode? Take the new Desert Eagle pistol into Erangel practice your close-quarters combat ahead of its release.

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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