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PUBG gets flying Motor Glider vehicles for the first time next patch

Published: 14/Jan/2020 19:48

by Dustin Steiner

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is taking a page out of Fortnite’s book and adding flying machines to the game for the first time in its four year history in the form of the brand new Motor Glider. 

The Motor Glider will be available on only two of PUBG’s maps, the original Erangel map, and Miramar. It has two seats, one for the pilot and one for the passenger who can use any weapon from the backseat. It will be spawned randomly around the map.

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Much like PUBG’s other elements, this flying machine requires some semblance of realism, requiring some speed to take off. This is in stark contrast to other airplanes in games like Fortnite, which did not have such a requirement. To take off, you must reach 65 km/hour then use the S key to pitch up. You will also start to automatically take off if you hit 70 kilometers per hour.

The fuel consumption on the Motor Glider is directly tied to how much throttle a player uses. While it’s possible to get around the map quite quickly using the Glider, the faster you go, the more fuel is used.

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This will require a balanced and measured usage if a player wishes to get all the way across the map. There’s also no maximum altitude for the vehicle, and it can even get higher than the plane players use to drop in.

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PUBG’s new Motor Glider will allow players to take to the skies for the first time.

Unfortunately, the Motor Glider does spawn with no gas, so players hoping to come across one unprepared might be out of luck.

Some potential uses of this new vehicle include staying far away from the edge of the circle until it’s almost too late to use, then flying in, getting the drop on your opponent as the circle begins to close from above, and more. Of course, it also comes with its own vulnerabilities, namely you’re a bit of a sitting duck for snipers on the ground.

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The developers had admitted that the spawn rate has been decreased since testing.

“We will be adjusting the spawn rate to optimize where and how often the gliders spawn,” PUBG Corp said in their release. “During LABS, we used to have 10 motor gliders spawned in 10 spawn locations, so 100% spawn rate on each location. We’ll be changing this to 10 gliders randomly spawned in 40 spawn locations, so a 25% spawn rate on each location. As this is a new content, we’d like to test the spawn balance, so the spawn rate is likely to change a few times.”

How to control the Motor Glider

  • Use W/S keys to control the pitch and A/D to control the roll of the aircraft (Xbox One: L-Stick / PS4: L3)
  • Adjust the throttle by holding Left Shift and Left Ctrl keys (Xbox One: LT & RT / PS4: L2 & R2)
  • Hold Spacebar when on the ground to engage handbrake (Xbox One: Y / PS4: Triangle)

The Motor Glider will debut on PUBG servers on PC only on January 15. Consoles will receive the flying machine with the launch of season six.

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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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