The latest PUBG patch (Update 7) is now live, and it’s a big one for PC players of the game.
Not only can you find the usual bug fixes and gameplay tweaks, there are some major additions such as emotes, a friends list, and Steam achievements.
The update was announced last week, and the addition of emotes in particular was something of a contentious point for the PUBG community.
The new PUBG patch adds a friends list, emotes, and 37 Steam achievements for PC players
There are 12 emotes in right now like laughing and blowing a kiss, but more will be added soon
12 default emotes are in the game for now, and more will be added in future. To perform them in game, you hold down the emote menu key, which defaults to ~, and then you left click the emote you want.
Some of the basic ones include laughing, and blowing a kiss, just to rub it in when you get a good kill on an opposing player.
As for the Steam achievements, there are 37 of them, from basic ones like simply getting a kill, to rare situations like getting into a vehicle which already has an enemy player in it.
A friends list specific to PUBG has been added to the game, and you can add up to 50 people to the list. If you have a PUBG account, you can add friends regardless of the platform they’re using, whether it’s Steam, Mail.ru, or DMM.
The friends list is a one-way follower concept, rather than a mutual acceptance between players. You don’t have to be friends on Steam to add someone on your PUBG friends list.
To make finding friends easier, the 30 most recent players you were teamed with will appear in a Recent menu.
Voice chat has also been added to the main menu, where a speaker icon will be displayed to the right of the talking player’s name.
As for the rest of the changes in the update, some holes have been added to ceilings and floors of some high buildings on Miramar to make moving between levels easier.
Beyond that, PUBG Corp say that with the patch, they are ‘bringing various optimizations to our server and client. We have mitigated lag and stutter instances and alleviated frame drop and lag occurrences happening when players are pushed together, starting from the second half of a match, or in dynamic situations, like intense firefights. This has allowed for a smoother environment to play in, than before.’
There are also still plans to introduce and test the new limb and vehicle penetration system, but this has been pushed back for now.
Scopes have been slightly changed too, with an expanded field of view, and a parallax effect when moving the weapon quickly.
The full list of patch notes can be found here.
PUBG had a bit of a rough weekend after the introduction of an anti-cheating update. It did its job of blocking cheats, but it also caused a lot of performance issues for many people.
So, the developers decided to roll back the update and work on it until it’s more stable.
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