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PUBG map Erangel update finally confirmed

Published: 6/Jun/2019 16:43 Updated: 7/Jun/2019 10:03

by Paul Cot

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds first map, Erangel, is actually getting its long awaited remaster.

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PUBG was released in March 2017 and as time has passed, fans of the battle royale game have been increasingly demanding a remaster of Erangel. The iconic first map has remained a fan favorite but time, and subsequent improvements in hardware, has resulted in the map being left behind somewhat.

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While a remastered version of the map had been speculation up until now, this exciting news was expected. Officially the PUBG development team are calling it an “update to Erangel” – although it is essentially a remaster.

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The news of the Erangel update came via PUBG’s latest development video on June 5. The video discussed how the game is going to progress but unquestionably the most exciting news was the update to PUBG’s most famous map.

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The Erangel update will be part of PUBG season 4 but players won’t have to wait long to try the update. Further details about season 4 have yet to be released and the start date also remains a mystery.

Comparison images of various locations within Erangel are shown to highlight the differences between the original and the remaster. The difference is staggering with textures receiving a particularly big boost. Building layouts have also changed which are shown with an overview of the prison and one of the common houses littered throughout Erangel.

A previous change to Erangel was proposed where additional compounds would have been added to alter the gameplay. However, this change was quickly shot down by fans and therefore, never materialized.

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PUBGThe prison in Erangel gets a significant overhaul…

Play it on the test server

However, TS Jang, PUBG Executive Producer, revealed the update will be playable on the PUBG Steam Test Server this weekend, June 8. No doubt the test server will be extra busy this weekend!

Of course this will only be available on PC with the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game usually receiving updates a couple of months after. Unsurprisingly there is no news of when and if this update will come to console – the game currently struggles to perform the original map at an acceptable frame rate.

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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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