PUBG Corp Plans to Improve Performance After Introducing MMR to Sanhok in Update #17.1 – Patch Notes - Dexerto
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PUBG Corp Plans to Improve Performance After Introducing MMR to Sanhok in Update #17.1 – Patch Notes

Published: 11/Jul/2018 10:18 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason

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PUBG Corp has released Update #17.1 for the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, making numerous hotfixes and introducing MMR matchmaking on Sanhok.

The update, which also addresses a number of bugs that were discovered after the last major patch, is currently live on selected test servers but is expected to be added to the live servers soon.

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The main changes to gameplay that are implemented in Update #17.1 include improvements to off-road driving in the pickup truck and changes to the default zeroing for the crossbow and SMGs.

PUBG fans welcomed the Sanhok map when it was introduced to the battle royale game recently, but were critical of the lack of matchmaking. The update addresses these concerns, with the developers acknowledging that they had listened to feedback from players.

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“We agree with the feedback we’ve received from many of you that this will make the map a more meaningful and competitive experience,”

The developers also explained how they are planning to tackle the performance issues that many players have been experiencing for number of months.

“We agree with the criticisms of the game that many of you have made recently, including comments that our efforts need to be more effective and that the game still needs more improvement.

“We’re developing new plans to resolve various problems facing PUBG, prioritizing server performance, client-side performance, anti-cheat, and bugs. While we’ll continue shipping new content and preparing for PGI over the next few weeks, we intend to have more concrete info to share about these plans shortly after PGI is over.”

The full patch notes for Update #17.1 are as follows:

First, we want to talk about two issues from the most recent patch that we’ve already resolved with hotfixes:

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  • It was discovered that planned server optimizations for Sanhok hadn’t been properly applied, and this was resolved with a hotfix pushed out on July 9th. 
  • There was also an issue preventing ping-based matchmaking in NA, which we resolved by shipping a hotfix over the weekend. The problem was exacerbated in part by a bug that set the default region to NA for all players (which caused many players to queue up for NA without realizing it).

This test server period will be open in a limited capacity on the following servers to consolidate the smaller matching pool and decrease queue times. 

AS – TPP 
Solo / Duo / Squad 

NA – FPP 
Solo / Squad

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Below are details of some additional quick fixes we’re shipping with this patch.

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Gameplay

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  • Improved off-road driving performance of the pickup truck.
  • The iron sight default zeroing for all SMGs is now 100m.
  • The crossbow’s zeroing will always be 25m even with a scope attached.

Bugfixes

  • Fixed an issue with the wrong 4x scope (ACOG) reticle was used on the SLR. A cross type reticle is now used, instead of the chevron. 
  • Fixed an issue preventing you from being able to aim right away after switching over from the driver’s seat.

There’s one other bugfix which we’ll also ship before this update comes to live servers: It has to do with an issue that’s sometimes preventing players from being able to revive their teammates. This bug was unfortunately introduced because of new code related to revivals that helps us better detect certain cheats. We generally don’t mention changes of this nature in the patch notes because we don’t want to give away too much information to cheaters.

Finally, after receiving a lot of feedback from players who love Sanhok, we’re also going to turn on MMR matchmaking for the map on live servers soon. We agree with the feedback we’ve received from many of you that this will make the map a more meaningful and competitive experience. 

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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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