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PUBG Snow Map, Vikendi, release date announced for Xbox & PS4!

Published: 15/Jan/2019 3:49

by Paul Cot

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It’s been a long wait but finally, the PUBG snow map, Vikendi, has a release date for both the Xbox and PS4! The Vikendi release date is January 22.

Release Date for Vikendi on PS4 and Xbox

Vikendi will be playable on live servers, across all modes, on both PS4 and Xbox, one week from today. PUBG promised the long awaited snow map would come in January and they haven’t disappointed. It was released for the PC on December 19.

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Vikendi has been available to play for both PS4 and Xbox users but only the PUBG test server (PTS). Players have been able to download the PTS and experience the map first hand.

The purpose of the PTS was to allow Bluehole to further optimise the performance of the map before the subsequent release to live servers.

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Vikendi Night Mode?

Eagle-eyed PUBG fans may have noticed the exciting prospect of a night mode in Vikendi.

Several scenes from the official PUBG snow map trailer show variations of a night sky. This includes a plain black sky, full moon and even aurora lights!

There has been nothing said about this in an official capacity. However, given the night sky features so prominently in the trailer it could be an eventuality it will make its way into the full game. The likely scenario is the feature is being saved for an update in the coming months.

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PS4 FPP Finally Opening

Within the announcement of a Vikendi release date for console, there is also news about PS4 FPP. PUBG PS4 players have been clamouring for the introduction of the FPP mode since its release back in December.

It has been confirmed that FPP is also coming January 22. Furthermore, this applies to all FPP queues. Details weren’t elaborated on further than this. However, it is reasonable to assume this means that all regions and modes will have an FPP option now!

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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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