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Arena Mode announced for PUBG, coming this week

Published: 02:56, 17 September 2020
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PUBG Corp has unveiled a new game mode, named Arena Mode, which will go into experimental phase in the week starting sooner than one might expect.

PUBG patch 8.3 launched recently and the devs already teasing future content, which will actually be playable from Friday, September 18, 2020, on PC. 

To be precise, there will be two weekends of testing the mode on both PC and consoles, although PC gets the first taste:

  • PC
    • Week 1 - September 18 to 21
    • Week 2 - September 25 to 28
  • Console
    • Week 1 - September 25 to 28
    • Week 1 - October 2-5

When someone says testing, it normally refers to content on the Test Server but Arena Mode is actually coming to PUBG labs. Therefore, anyone can play it, without having to download any additional clients - just pick the PUBG Labs menu and go wild during the aforementioned time slots.

With all that in mind, let's get into the juicy info, which explains what this mode is all about. It's a 64-person, squad-based lobby that will drop players into one of the walled-off zones in Erangel, Miramar or Sanhok.

Players will then engage in combat with two other squads in order to try and win the arena. Those who get wiped will lose the first of their three chances at moving on. Upon losing all three chances, the team is eliminated.

When there are three or fewer squads left, the Sudden Death arena will appear and the winner of this one takes it all, regardless of how many chances anyone in it might have.

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Dino Park on Vikendi map

Due to the nature of the arena combat, players will be purchasing weapons instead of looting them. They can do so with the currency they get for eliminating other players and allies who are knocked down can be revived in five seconds.

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