Update number 17 landed today on PUBG's test server, introducing several fixes and a few visual tweaks on the game's latest map Sanhok, as well as the PUBG Global Invitational flavoured overhaul of the lobby, BGM and loading screen.
Considering everything that's been going on recently with Greene and Co's game, it's no wonder PUBG Corp are pushing to promote the PUBG Global Invitational. As you're probably well aware by now, PGI is widely regarded as the world cup of PUBG, only with much less diving than in Russia.
To be fair, the lobby does indeed look sweet, with trademark PUBG gold dominating the screen real estate. PGI kicks off on 25 July 2018 in Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. The event will cover both first and third person perspective, features 20 teams and carries with it a hefty prize pool of $2 million. So, chicken diner galore.
As far as actual PUBG changes go, the dev has finally implemented estimated times while waiting for matches, although many would argue that they could've done it ages ago. At this pace, we'll have map selection once my PC manages to spin up Cyberpunk 2077.
Unfortunately, if you've been expecting some more significant changes on Sanhok, you'll probably be disappointed since PUBG Corp went for tinier details like "cracked bells, mossy rubble piles, and a new cap on the central palace." There are some improvements on cliffs and rocks across the map as well.
The patch notes also include three bug fixes, namely misaligned crossbow reticles, some terrain that can be passed through and several Sanhok and Miramar objects that obstructed movement.
Normally, we'd be pretty disappointed that such a hefty update only introduced some minor visual tweaks but at least they were modelled this time around. In case you don't recall, PUBG Corp has recently come under fire for purchasing assets from the Unreal Store, prompting many to accuse them of asset flipping.
Greene ultimately stated that it's a matter of efficiency and a question of how many times must one model a cash register or whatnot, although many would argue that the amount of money PUBG made is enough to remodel each piece of the game a million times over. Not that it shows.
Official patch notes can be found here.