PUBG PC test patch brings QBU and Rony to Sanhok, makes custom matches available to all

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 12:16 GMT

Shortly after revealing the new QBU weapon, and Rony vehicle, PUBG Corp. has now rolled out the new content to the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds test servers on PC.

The new patch, version #18, comes in at 3.4GB. It’s available now on PUBG test servers.

As for the new content, the QBU is a 5.56mm DMR available only in Sanhok, replacing the Mini-14. The weapon comes equipped with a bipod that provides greater stability when fired from the prone position.

The Rony, on the other hand, is a pickup truck that seats up to four players. Like the QBU, the Rony can only be seen in Sanhok. The biggest new feature, however, is the ability for all players to create custom matches.

Previously available only to select community members, custom match creation is now a thing all players can do. Patch #18 brings a beta version of this implementation, complete with a new UI for browsing and creating custom matches.

You’ll be able to select from preset modes like zombies, competitive rules etc., and you can also customise each of the gameplay parameters further (blue zone speed etc.). Custom game creators will also have control over the number of players allowed in the server, whether or not it’s password-protected and so on.

During the open beta, only a maximum of 10,000 custom matches can be live at any one time. There’s also another wrinkle to this announcement.

Because allocating the server capacity needed for these matches is expensive, PUBG Corp. is looking into possibly offering the ability for a fee in the future – similar to how EA has done for years with Battlefield.

This has not yet been decided, however, but it’s one of a couple of possible ways the developer could go. PUBG Corp. did ask for community feedback on other ways, if any, it could use instead to ensure the feature remains sustainable long term.

The patch does not yet have a launch date on live servers, but it’s most likely going to be available by the end of the week.

For all the changes, check out the change log below:

New content
-QBU (Sanhok exclusive)

  • The QBU is a new, Sanhok-exclusive DMR with a standard magazine of 10 rounds of 5.56mm ammo, which can be increased to 20 with an extended magazine.
  • There is bipod attached to QBU, it will greatly reduce recoil when you shoot while prone.
  • The QBU replaces the Mini 14 on Sanhok.

-New vehicle: Rony (Sanhok exclusive)

  • The Rony is a new pickup truck that can only be found on Sanhok (from the automaker that brought you the Mirado)!
  • This truck holds up to 4 passengers and excels at moving across Sanhok’s hilly landscapes.
  • The Rony is one of the larger vehicles on Sanhok, so it can be used for cover as well as transportation!

Custom match

  • Custom match list can now be viewed after selecting custom match game mode.
  • Normal mode: classic battle royale rules—be the last person (or team) standing
  • Zombie mode: play as either humans or zombies. Only one faction can win.
  • War mode: team deathmatch with respawns. The team with the most points (kills and knocks) wins.
  • eSports mode: PGI 2018 eSports rule will be applied
  • After selecting your preferred game mode, custom matches can now be created using presets.
  • Each game mode currently has one default preset available.
  • Additional presets which will allow you to easily enjoy other game modes will be added in the future.
  • After creating the match, the settings can be adjusted using the options in the Basic, Rules, and Spawnsmenus.
  • Basic: set session name, game mode, password, server region, map, weather, etc.
  • Rules: set number of players, team size, gameplay, Blue Zone settings.
  • Spawn: set the types of weapons available and spawn rates.
  • Custom game spectating feature has been disabled temporarily.
  • This feature will be reopened after maintenance work.

-Things to keep in mind when creating custom matches:

  • The number of total created custom games at once are limited (10,000).
  • At least two players are required to start the match.
  • You can keep the game in a waiting room for up to two hours

UI/UX

  • In Options > Control tab, now gamepad related options will only be displayed when the gamepad is connected

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where, when dragging items from a loot crate or the field, players couldn’t acquire items because the item amounts were automatically divided
  • Fixed an issue where, when the backpack was full, players couldn’t throw away extended mags
  • Fixed an issue where the camera would rotate 180 degrees upon death, making it difficult to understand which direction you were killed from.
  • Fixed an issue allowing players to see through some buildings on Sanhok
  • The crossbow zeroing will always remain at 25m even with a scope attached.

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