PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds monthly patch is out now: first-person, car horns, UI updates, new animations and more

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 3 August 2017 09:10 GMT

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’s big monthly patch has now made it onto the live servers.

The full patch notes were revealed earlier this week. However, after a couple of days on the test servers, developer Bluehole changed its mind about two of the included features.

These have to do with the delay introduced with the patch that made looting, whether by dragging & dropping or by picking stuff off the floor, take longer than usual. Though this was intentional, Bluehole ended up reverted the change after player outcry.

Now, you’ll only see a slight delay when using F to pick items off the floor, but dragging & dropping will remain delay-free.

The rest of the July/monthly update four notes remain unchanged from when they were first revealed. This includes the Mk14 EBR air drop weapon, the launch of first-person servers, FOV slider and everything else.

One thing to note about first-person mode, though, is that you’ll still be able to use third-person in the plane and until you hit the ground. Everything will be locked to first-person in a future update.

New animations when using consumables have been added, which should go nicely with the countdown timer. The UI has similarly received a big update, with many new features, such as being able to see the weapons and armour you have equipped.

Another big addition is the ability to reconnect after being disconnected mid-game. Outside of new content, the update also brings a nice round of server and client optimisations for many of the game’s objects that’ll hopefully improve performance.

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Servers are now offline for maintenance while the update rolls around. Things are expected to return to normal at 3am PT, 6am ET, 11am BST, 12pm CEST.

Without further ado, find the full change log below:

Server optimisation

  • Optimised fences, doors, and windows
  • Optimised vehicle physics

Client optimisation

  • Optimised memory usage for world objects
  • Optimised terrain rendering
  • Optimised vehicle physics
  • Optimised user interface

New items

  • Added new weapon Mk14 EBR. Mk14 EBR is a Designated Marksman Rifle that can only be obtained from Carepackages. This weapon is chambered for 7.62mm and sniper rifle attachments

Character

  • Added two new face presets and hairstyles to character customisation for both genders

Gameplay

  • Added 1st Person server options to NA and EU Solo and Duo game-modes
  • Players who choose 1st Person mode will be matched together
  • Character view is set to 3rd Person mode in starting airplane and during free fall from the airplane. This will be set to 1st Person only in a future update
  • Camera will stay still while looting items to prevent dizziness
  • Added a new feature to report players
  • Some people killed knocked-out teammates in order to avoid giving kill count to an opponent who knocked them down. Now the kill count will still go to the opponent in this specific case.
  • Added new animation when using different consumables
  • Improved camera transition when disabling Free look feature (Alt Key)
  • Decreased the reload time of VSS
  • Players may now re-enter games if they have been disconnected mid-game
  • You may now play with Xbox controllers, and we will continue to make improvements with Xbox controllers
  • Sound volume difference from inside and outside of building is more obvious
  • Added new sound effect while scoping or aiming weapon
  • Added new effects when a character is running or sprinting over different types of surfaces
  • Improved character animation without any weapon or with melee weapon
  • Added slight delay when using the drag-and-drop feature on items in inventory UI. We implemented this delay to provide a fair gameplay environment to all players
  • Improved post-process effect when a character takes damage outside of the blue circle

Items and Vehicles

  • Added a lower rail attachment slot to SKS
  • You may now honk a car horn when sitting in the driver’s seat with Left Mouse Click
  • Decreased the chance of vehicle explosion after the vehicle gets stuck in objects
  • Vehicle driving sound will change slightly in FPP and TPP modes
  • Added new sound effects for motorcycle tire screech while driving
  • Eliminated firing delay of S1897 from pump action after reload
  • Improved effects of boats
  • Added spark effect to flat tires
  • Reduced cast time of First Aid Kit / Painkiller to 6 seconds
  • Reduced cast time of Med Kit / Adrenaline Syringe to 8 seconds

UI

  • Added more features and hot keys to the Options Menu
  • Added new option for V-Sync
  • You may now designate a maximum of two different keys for each key bind
  • Added new option to set toggle on certain actions and features
  • You may now use Mouse wheel up/down as one of your key binds
  • Added new keybinds, such as all mute (Ctrl+M) and switching Voice Channel (Ctrl+Y), and a new option to adjust the volume of voice chat
  • Added new keybinds to use specific throwables
  • Added Colorblind Mode
  • Added an FOV slider for 1st person view
  • Added some region names to the mini map
  • Added new option to display helmet, vest, and backpack equipped on HUD UI. This HUD UI will be updated further in the future
  • Added new option to display all equipped weapons on the right side of the screen. This UI will be updated further in the future

Bug fixes

  • Partially fixed client crash issues
  • Fixed an issue of weapons sporadically ceasing to fire despite being set to auto firing mode
  • You may not use consumables in vehicles underwater
  • Fixed bugs below while spectating another character
  • A character appeared to be shaking when the character moves around
  • Camera swing when a character scopes while walking
  • Camera swing when a character peeks left or right while scoping
  • A character appeared to be shaking when the player moves his mouse while scoping in Prone
  • Characters farther than 500m away from a vehicle will no longer hear the tire screech sound
  • Fixed post-process bug underwater in FPP mode
  • Fixed an issue of the reloading sound getting played repetitively after dropping a weapon while reloading
  • Fixed the probability of getting rainy weather to previous value
  • Fixed a bug where a character could not equip attachment with full inventory
  • Fixed a bug where weapons would continue to play looped reload animation even after canceling the reload
  • Fixed a bug where a character could see through the other side of wall when scoping or crouching against certain walls
  • Fixed a bug where a character sitting on objects inside of certain buildings could see through ceilings and walls
  • Fixed sporadic issue of disabling in-game UI
  • Eliminated bombing outside of Red Zone

We’re still expecting the patch to go live for the general public on Thursday, August 3. Hopefully, today’s delay won’t affect the update’s release date.

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