PUBG Update 27 - New weapon, balancing, changes to Erangel and patch notes

by Paul Cotton


Bluehole are still providing regular updates for PUBG. There have been 27 updates since releasing in full two years ago, with the patch notes for the latest being released on March 20.


Update 27, which will "hit live servers next week", addresses an array of topics in PUBG. The main areas that are updated are weapons and their balancing, Erangel loot changes and alterations to current modes.

All these changes can be read in detail on the PUBG website and are available on the PC test server now.


The MP5K will be exclusive to Vikendi...


Update 27 will see the introduction of the MP5K. The sub-machine gun uses 9mm ammunition and despite having a high fire rate, is relatively easy to control. It is exclusive to Vikendi and replaces the Vector on that map.

In addition to this new weapon, there are several weapons that undergo balancing for PUBG Update 27. These include changes of ammo, adjusted magazine capacity and attachment changes. As per the patch notes they are as follows:

  • M16A4
    • When firing using burst mode, the initial recoil has been decreased
    • Increased the range before damage fall-off occurs
      • This will help increase M16A4 efficiency when fighting over long distances
    • Canted Sights and the Tactical Stock can now be attached to the M16A4
    • The Tactical Stock will decrease recoil recovery time, animation kick and weapon sway, while also improving ADS speed and hipfire accuracy
  • Vector
    • Vector has been rechambered to use 9mm ammo
    • Magazine capacity has been increased to 19 bullets by default and 33 with an extended mag (was 13/25)
    • Damage decreased from 34 to 31 due to above changes
  • UMP45
    • The UMP9 has been rechambered to use 45ACP ammo and is now called the UMP45.
    • Magazine capacity has been adjusted to 25 bullets by default and 35 with an extended mag (was 30/40)
    • Gunshot sounds have been changed to be more realistic
  • MK47 Mutant
    • Tactical Stock can now be attached to the MK47 Mutant
    • The Tactical Stock will decrease recoil recovery time, animation kick and weapon sway, while also improving ADS speed and hipfire accuracy
  • Attachments Balance Modification
    • SMG and Pistol attachments have been combined and can now be used on both weapon types
    • Bullets Loops for Shotguns, Win94 and Kar98k have been combined into one item called Ammo Loops
    • Holo Sights can now attach to pistols
      • When equipped to Pistols, the size of the sight will be reduced to fit more appropriately
  • Hit Area Damage Multiplier Changes
    • Increased SR body shot damage from 110% of base damage to 150%
    • Increased SMG limb shot damage from 120% of base damage to 125%


Loot changes are coming to the iconic Erangel...

Erangel loot changes

Changes to Erangel have been making the rounds. A proposed change which saw the addition of several compounds was shot down by the PUBG community.

Nevertheless, PUBG players do agree that the loot in Erangel is currently too scarce. Bluehole have listened to this feedback and have implemeted these changes for Update 27:

  • Increased spawn rate of AR, DMR, LMG and SMGs
  • This will improve the item pickup rate of sought-after weapons
    • Total combined increase of around 41%


Will you use the PUBG replay system following these changes?

Replay system

An upgrade to the replay system is included in the latest PUBG patch. Players will now be able to watch highlights of their game which include kills, getting a knock down, escaping the blue zone with less than 5 HP and winning a chicken dinner.

  • The replay version has been updated and replays recorded prior to Update #27 will no longer be playable
  • Revised to include game audio only when exporting movies from Replay Editor
  • Added Highlight Replay features
    • Added a feature that allows players to watch multiple highlights by pressing the H key when spectating a specific player during a replay
    • Highlights of the selected players are generated as followed:
      • When the player kills or gets a knockdown on another player
      • When the player is killed
      • When the player escapes the blue zone with less than 5 HP
      • When the player wins a chicken dinner


Performance - FPS increase

Frames per second is of vital importance in battle royale games, as evidenced in this study into the effect of FPS.

Specifically the following has been addressed:

  • Optimized the Network Debug Statistics UI rendering logic to slightly improve FPS
  • Optimized replay recording logic to slightly improve FPS during gameplay