PUBG turn Erangel into ‘bigger Sanhok’ and players are not happy

Published: 25/Apr/2019 10:17 Updated: 25/Apr/2019 10:49

by Paul Cot


In the world of PUBG – what do you do if everyone considers Erangel the best map? Change it of course!

More Erangel changes

PUBG Update 28 brought an array of changes with the most notable being further changes to the Erangel loot. The level of loot in PUBG’s first map has been a hot topic over the past month and has divided opinion between fans.

Even with the introduction of Miramar, Sanhok and Vikendi, Erangel arguably remains PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds flagship map.

It has become synonymous with PUBG and retained a core fan-base due to its familiarity and space for open gun-fights. Moreover, it provides a nostalgic feel for some.

PUBGEven today, Erangel appears to be the most popular map in PUBG…

This is the reason big changes to the loot has been met with a mixed response. Some agree that the loot was too sparse, while others argue it made Erangel unique and that loot shouldn’t be given to you too easily.

A previous change to the test server saw several compounds added to Erangel, but thanks to the resoundingly negative reaction from the PUBG community, the idea was, fortunately, scrapped.

The changes implemented in Update #28 have resulted in loot being increased by 28% – this is on top of the loot increase from Update #27.

The new Sanhok

The consequence of this is Erangel feeling a lot like loot-heavy Sanhok. While Sanhok has its place on the game – a smaller island resulting in fast-paced action with the ability to quickly get a gun – another one isn’t needed.

Erangel offered a purer battle royale experience whereby loot isn’t a guarantee. Hot-dropping comes with inherent risks which provides an element of realism. However, this goes against the growing trend towards fast-paced action from the get go.

PUBGSanhok provides the most loot of all the PUBG maps…

Will it be changed back?

It’s unlikely that Erangel will revert back to its original loot distribution. However, it is possible the loot will be lessened to a degree.

PUBG have clearly listened to feedback pre-update 27, and felt it necessary to act on Erangel. With that said, they have been clear that this is an on-going process whereby they will adjusting changes until it is right.

Recent feedback sides with the view the current loot is excessive. Therefore, it is perhaps more likely we will see the loot decreases as opposed to increase further.


One Redditor said: “Exactly what we didn’t need. At least Xbox/Playstation are months behind. The reason Erangel is already good is the risk/reward of dropping places.”

However, streamers such as Shroud and ChocoTaco were happy with the changes. This makes sense given their preference for as much action as possible.

Another user was more understanding on the changes saying: “No matter what this company does, someone loves it and someone hates it. They’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t.”


Finally, another console remains resentful of the bad performance they get: “I’m beginning to genuinely hate this company. For the entirety of PUBG being available, the vast majority of the criticism of the game has been the performance and we as players, especially console players, have been BEGGING for meaningful performance updates while being met with next to nothing.”

It seems the only advantage Xbox One and PS4 PUBG players currently have is the ability to play Erangel in its unaltered form.


PUBG Mobile 1.2 patch notes: Runic Power mode, Metro Exodus chapter, new FAMAS, more

Published: 12/Jan/2021 17:19

by James Busby


PUBG Mobile is kicking off the new year with the 1.2 update, which brings plenty of new and exciting changes to the game. If you wish to get the lowdown on the Runic Power Mode, then be sure to check out the patch notes below.

PUBG Mobile has just rolled out its next big update which includes the new Runic Power Mode, which gives players special powers they can use to defeat the competition. There’s also the addition of the Metro Exodus collaboration and the new FAMAS Rifle. Aside from all the new content, there are also a number of bug fixes and other performance improvements. 

There’s certainly plenty of content for PUBG Mobile players to get stuck into, so make sure you read all the game’s latest patch notes below before queuing up for that next adrenaline-fueled match. 

PUBG patch 1.2 notes

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The Runic Power mode will let you live out your superhero dreams.

Runic Power mode 

PUBG Mobile’s latest game mode allows players to get access to special powers. Choose from three Runes, then collect Rune fragments, and use them to aid you in your fight to become the final winner on the battlefield. 

Runic Power gameplay 

  • Players will choose their Rune energy type on Spawn Island. You will need to choose to bring either the Flame Rune, Arctic Rune, or Wind Rune into the current match.
  • After selecting a rune, you will get 2 skills. The first skill summons an object, and the second skill gives you a boost. Using these skills consumes Rune energy.
  • Rune energy can be obtained in matches.

Rune Abilities

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These unique powers could give you the edge needed to grab a win.

Flame Rune:

  • Summon skill – Summons a wheel of flame that rolls forward slowly, dealing burn damage to enemy players it touches.
  • Boost skill – Adds a burning effect to your Ammo for a short time.

Arctic Rune:

  • Summon skill – Summons an ice wall. Each block of the ice wall can be destroyed separately. When the ice wall appears, it will lift up players or vehicles directly above them.
  • Boost skill – Adds a freezing effect to Ammo for a short time. Freezing reduces the effectiveness of healing.

Wind Rune:

  • Summon skill – Summons a semi-transparent shield of wind that reduces the damage of bullets shot from outside the shield.
  • Boost skill – Increases your movement and reload speed.

New Firearm

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The FAMAS has an incredibly fast rate of fire.


  • A new assault rifle that uses 5.56mm Ammo. It can be loaded with 25 rounds, has the fastest Rate of Fire among rifles, and is outstanding in close range firefights.
  • The FAMAS can be equipped with a Muzzle (Rifles), Scope, and Mag (Rifles). There is no foregrip, but it comes with its own bipod that reduces recoil when shooting with it in a prone position.
  • Only appears in the Livik Classic Battle Royale map.

Power Armor Mode 

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This new high-tech Power Armor could be the key to success.

The new Power Armor mode launches in EvoGround on February 5. New high-tech Power Armor has been created on Livik. To create your own set of   Power Armor you must bring Nano Crystals and an Armor Blueprint to the Matrix Base. 

You will have 2 additional chances to respawn yourself or your teammates during a match. Matrix Events will also be available for you to participate in during each match.


  • Teammates can be respawned at research stations. All players can respawn twice. You can choose to respawn yourself or your teammates during a match. Players respawn with basic equipment.

Power Armor

  • Power Armor Chest Piece: Reduces chest damage and increases backpack capacity.
  • Power Armor Arm Piece: Reduces arm damage and increases melee damage.
  • Power Armor Leg Piece: Reduces leg damage and fall damage. Gives a quick dash ability.
  • Assembling the full Power Armor set unlocks its ultimate weapon, the Dragon’s Breath Grenade.

Matrix Events

  • Matrix Event 1: Improved regional supply output.
  • Matrix Event 2: Multiple Matrix airdrops and significantly increased supplies in each airdrop.
  • Matrix Event 3: Life Detectors in research stations are activated and can be used to detect surrounding players.

Metro Royale: Honor Chapter

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Fans of the Metro series will want to take part in this event.
  • Metro Royale: Honor will be available after the game is updated. In keeping with the Season tradition, at the start of a new chapter, your rankings and inventory in Metro Royale will be reset. Fame and NPC Favorability, however, will be retained.
  • New rewards will be available in the latest chapter. Accumulate Honor to get voice packs, outfits, and other permanent rewards!
  • Added new weekly rankings, including Loot and Elimination Rankings.
  • Improved enemy AI from Steel Front and the Cobras to make them more intelligent and challenging.

Make sure you check out the rest of the patch notes on PUBG Mobile’s official site to see all the latest performance fixes.