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PUBG Mobile update 0.15.0 patch notes: Halloweeks, Payload Mode, more

Published: 17/Oct/2019 12:40 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 13:40

by Paul Cot

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PUBG Mobile update 0.15.0 is available to play now, bringing new features to the battle royale portion of the game and makeover to the Survive Till Dawn mode.

Finally, ledge grab on PUBG Mobile

At the top of the list of new features in the traditional PUBG part of the game is the ledge grab mechanic.

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This made its way to PC and console several months ago and has proved to be a welcomed addition as it has created more pathways, opening up areas that were previously inaccessible.

PUBGLedge grab has finally made its way to PUBG Mobile…

BRDM-2 available too

Another feature that PC and console players are already enjoying is the BRDM-2 amphibious armored vehicle. As its name suggests, this vehicle can travel on both land and sea.

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It is also a lot tougher than other vehicles on the game making it a lot harder to destroy. However, due to its slower speed, it’s perhaps not as effective as it would appear. The BRDM-2 is a flare gun exclusive vehicle which is brought into play via care package.

PUBGThe BRDM-2 is another belated addition to PUBG Mobile…

New weapon and changes

There are weapon changes too — the most notable of which is the new Desert Eagle pistol. Pistols are rarely the weapon of choice but this new entry provides the highest damage and velocity of all pistols, making it a viable choice.

Elsewhere, the M16A4, Vector, UMP45 and MK47 Mutant have all been adjusted with new attachments, ammo types and carrying capacities, along with other performance and graphics fixes.

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Halloweeks comes to Survival Till Dawn mode

The Survival Till Dawn mode is exclusive to PUBG Mobile and it is now getting a makeover. The new Halloweeks Survival Till Dawn mode boasts new background objects and monsters.

“There is now a hostile human faction in abandoned factories and strongholds. Players can defeat them to earn better rewards, while killing zombies grants special bio-warfare equipment that is effective against zombies and other players.”

Tencent GamesNew monsters are coming to the popular Survive Till Dawn mode…

All-new Payload Mode

PUBG Mobile have confirmed yet another new addition to the game — Payload Mode. As per the press release it brings the following:

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  • 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.

For those of you who don’t know, PUBG Mobile is developed by Tencent as the mobile counterpart to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

It maintains the traditional PUBG battle royale with largely the same mechanics and has all of the same maps: Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok and Vikendi.

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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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