The in-demand map selection option has also returned.
PUBG for PC received patch 22 yesterday, which introduced a new ranking system inspired in part by the game’s mobile version. Also included in the patch is a new anti-cheat system, wheel-style quick select menus for healing and throwable items, and the return of map selection.
The new ranking system offers players eight ranks from Bronze to Grand Master to move through. Ranks are assigned based on earned Rank Points, with players being assigned their first rank after completing 10 placement matches. Players will then move up or down in the system as they play based upon their current Rank Points, which will be awarded according to in-game performance.
PUBG’s ranking system does not have its own matchmaking the way many other competitive games do for their own such systems. Instead, player performance will be tracked through standard matches.
Patch 22’s new anti-cheat measures were developed entirely in-house by PUBG Corp. The system is being layered on top of existing anti-cheat measures rather than replacing them. PUBG Corp didn’t detail exactly how the new system works, but it is letting players who run into compatibility issues with the new system disable it for the time being, an option that will be removed once PUBG Corp is finished with final testing of the system on the live servers.
The patch’s new quick-select menus let players pull up a wheel from which they can select any throwable item like grenades or healing and boosting items. The throwables wheel will be defaulted to the F1 key and the heal/boost wheel to F2. There’s also an emote wheel that is set to F4 by default. Any opened wheel can be quickly exited by right clicking.
Lastly, PUBG Corp. has brought back “by very popular demand” its map selection system. The functionality was removed when the third map, Sanhok, was released over the summer. Now that it’s back, players can choose to quickly join the first available map or to wait for the map of their choice to become available.
PUBG also appears to finally be heading to PlayStation 4 after it entered its “full” release on Xbox One last month. In our review, IGN awarded the Xbox release an 8.9, praising its “unique brand of tense, realistic shooting mixed with slow-paced tactical combat.”
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