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PUBG set to make small but crucial Erangel map remaster

Published: 19/Mar/2019 16:10 Updated: 20/Mar/2019 2:51

by Paul Cot

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After introducing many people to the battle royale genre, the first PUBG map Erangel is set to be remastered, Bluehole have confirmed.

PUBG’s Erangel – iconic or outdated?

As Bluehole have described themselves, Erangel is “stuck somewhere between the core PUBG experience and slightly outdated.”

In the eyes of many PUBG players, Erangel is still the best map to play. It puts Bluehole in somewhat of a predicament as the loot is too sparse, but at the same time altering it too much might ruin its core experience. 

Erangel, in the eyes of many PUBG players, is still the best map to play.

It’s a sentiment the developers are clearly aware of. In March 2018, several new compounds were added to Erangel on the PUBG test server, which was slightly controversial as fans weren’t happy with the changes and for now, it seems Bluehole have relented on those proposed tweaks. 

Instead, they are going down the route of altering the item spawn rates to the map, and hopefully leaving the map itself alone.

Erangel loot rebalance

In an open letter to PUBG players, Bluehole addressed the concerns and feedback players had been reporting in regards to Erangel.

As play styles have evolved in PUBG since its inception, it has become clear that the current loot available across the landscape isn’t sufficient.

When comparing to the smaller Sanhok, which as PUBG players know has plenty of loot, Erangel can become frustrating when it takes several buildings to find a viable weapon.

Despite criticism, the total item spawn rate has actually increased in Erangel since PUBG’s release…

This was highlighted by the fact that weapons and ammo, with the exception of handguns, shotguns and throwables, are less frequent across the board on Erangel.

The current plan to fix this is to increase the amount of the lacking weaponry by 10% to 20%. This is the first step and, as Bluehole stated, it is an iterative process which will be adjusted as they remaster Erangel.

Credit to Reddit user c_a_turner for the Erangel map displayed in the thumbnail.

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Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal

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A known cheater in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds managed to get hit by the banhammer while he was streaming live on Twitch, creating a wave of cheers among community members.

The Twitch account under question goes by the name of ‘vesprine,’ but the player himself is widely known in PUBG lobbies and online communities for perpetually making new accounts just to use cheats.

“He keeps resurfacing. Same guy over and over. He tries to join Plausible and gets insta-banned,” Reddit user ‘The-Basic-Bro’ said. “He needs a hardware ban at this point. He legitimately cheats non-stop… He has joined looking for squad groups on Reddit and the last two times I have called him out and disgraced him and had him banned.”

While some players want to see more stringent action taken against the player, PUBG Community Manager who goes by ‘Hawkinz’ did his part to stymie the cheater’s effect on the game.

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PUBG has come a long way since its launch, but hackers have still been a major problem.

During one of his streams, the player had resurfaced to show off more PUBG gameplay supplemented by the use of in-game hacks.

In the middle of his broadcast, he got a notification in PUBG that read: “Restricted Account – Your session will be terminated due to use of hacks.” Though not much has survived the Twitch account since he was banned, a screengrab by user ‘701dirty’ immortalized Hawkinz’s incredible response as the moment played out.

According to 701Dirty, the ban happened shortly after over a hundred people clipped and reported the streamer while he was playing.

“A few hours later over 100 people clipping and (saying) they got one of his accounts,” 701Dirty wrote. “I saw him have two accounts banned after matches and he tried logging into several already banned accounts… crazy.”

Cheater banned in real time from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Since its launch, PUBG’s servers have been swarming with hackers that have put a damper on the once-dominant battle royale.

The developers have issued multiple ban waves since the game’s launch in 2017, but are still combating the prevalence of cheaters years later.

Unfortunately, unless more meaningful action against PUBG’s hackers is taken, players like vesprine are going to continue to ruin matches, get banned, then reappear under another name.