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PUBG: Battlegrounds Update 16.2 Patch Notes & Server Downtime Today

PC servers will be offline for 8 hours!

March 15, 2022

Update 16.2 will soon go live on the official PUBG: Battlegrounds PC servers, but will, unfortunately, come with some lengthy server downtime before players can jump back in.

Today’s update includes plenty of new content for players to discover, including the likes of a new Tactical Pack, Spotter Scope, Drone, and much more. Whilst the servers are down for maintenance, check out the official patch notes and downtime schedule for the 16.2 PUBG update below.

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PUBG: Battlegrounds Server Downtime Schedule For March 15

The official PUBG: Battlegrounds servers will be offline for PC users on Tuesday, March 15th at the following time:

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  • 5:30PM PST
  • 8:30PM EST
  • 12:30AM GMT (March 16th)

PUBG: Battlegrounds will be offline for a total of 8 hours and are expected to come back online at:

  • 1:30AM PST (March 16th)
  • 4:30AM EST (March 16th)
  • 8:30AM GMT (March 16th)
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PUBG: Battleground Update 16.2 Patch Notes

Below you will find the official patch notes for the PUBG: Battlegrounds update 16.2, which will be available on the PC live servers once downtime has been completed.

NEW TACTICAL GEAR

Tactical Pack

  • The Tactical Pack will:
    • Take up your primary weapon slot.
    • Have four attachment slots.
    • Spawn in every map.
    • Be available in Normal Matches, Custom Games, Training Mode, and Sandbox Mode(PC only).
    • Hold almost any item in its slots, including weapons, helmets, vests, item stacks, etc.
      • Stacks of an item (such as a stack of ammo) will take up a single slot, but a weight limit of 60 per slot applies to stack items only.
      • Weapons holding attachments will be stored as they are.
  • The Tactical Pack will not be able to store another Tactical Pack.
    • The Trunk in Porters cannot store a Tactical Pack.
  • Tactical Pack items are only accessible by the carrier.
    • To use the items, they must first be removed from the Tactical Pack.
  • When a player is holding the Tactical Pack in their hands, the normal looting interaction will be replaced with a new interaction to place the item directly into the Tactical Pack.
  • Weapons stored in the Tactical Pack will hold all their current attachments and ignore the “Replace Attachments” option when swapped out with another weapon.
    • The “Replace Attachments” option allows you to enable/disable the automatic replacement of compatible attachments when picking up a new weapon.
  • If weapons are loaded before they’re added to the Tactical Pack, they will maintain their loaded state when pulled back out.

SPOTTER SCOPE

  • The Spotter Scope will:
    • Take up your primary weapon slot.
    • Spawn in every map.
    • Be available in Normal Matches, Custom Games, Training Mode, and Sandbox Mode(PC only).
    • Be able to use in ADS mode.
      • The Spotter Scope will have a fixed 4x zoom magnification feature.
      • It will also provide real-time distance to the target you’re aiming at.
        • The maximum calculative distance is 1KM, and the distance beyond that will return as “??M”.
    • Allow you to spot and mark enemy players and Drones.
      • Every enemy player and Drone within 1KM of the Spotter Scope’s sight will be marked with a passive marker (white icon).
        • The passive marker will be shown on the seer’s screen only.
  • A targeting rectangle is located at the center of the Spotter Scope view.
    • If the user places the targeting rectangle to a marked enemy or Drone the passive marker will turn into an active marker (red icon).
    • The active markers will be automatically shared to the user’s teammates.
    • There is no limit to the number of active markers that can be created.
      • Several enemies can be marked with the active marker at once, with each marker following its respective target.
    • When the Spotter Scope is no longer marking an enemy with an active marker, the active marker will continue to follow its target for 7 more seconds before disappearing.
      • To indefinitely maintain the active marker, the targeting rectangle of the Spotter Scope must continue to chase the enemy.
  • Normal Screen Pings can also be placed while using the Spotter Scope.
  • You will receive an Assist when the enemy you marked is killed by a teammate (only while the enemy has the active marker or within 5 seconds after the active marker disappears).
  • The Spotter Scope will not detect or mark players hiding behind smoke made by Smoke Grenades.
    • However, when an enemy hides behind cover or smoke after getting marked by the active marker by the Spotter Scope, the active marker will still follow them for 7 more seconds before disappearing.

TACTICAL GEAR: DRONE

The consistent color of the lights deployed Drones emit seemed to confuse many of our players, so we’ve changed the lights’ colors to the following:

  • Deployed Ally Drone: Green lights
  • Deployed Enemy Drone: Red lights

TRAINING MODE

AIM/SOUND LAB

Enter the newly-added private Aim/Sound Lab for even better shooting and sound play practice!

  • You can enter this private practice area by interacting with either one of the three helipads in Training Mode.
  • After entry, you will be asked to choose between two modes: aim practice or sound practice.
    • Aim Practice
      • Choose your weapon in the weapon selection window, interact with the start button, and start practicing after a 5-second countdown.
      • Human figure-shaped targets will randomly spawn. The targets will first start out flat on the ground, then 3 to 7 random targets will come up simultaneously for you to shoot.
      • Once a practice session is over, the number of headshots and the total number of hit targets will show up on the screen.
    • Sound Practice
      • You will start out with a basic Deagle and a red dot sight.
      • Various sounds of primary weapons ranging from 15m~300m will be randomly played on targets.
        • The weapon name and distance of the gunshot will show on the screen.
      • Once you shoot the correct target, the target will fall back and come back up right away.
        • A kill message telling you what type of weapon the gunshot was from will pop up on the screen.
      • You will earn 10 points for shooting the correct target, 5 for the targets on either side of the correct one, and 0 for the rest.
        • There are different sound effects for each different score you earn.
      • The identical gunshot will move between different targets every 5 seconds until the player shoots a target.
      • Your total score will show up on the screen once a practice session is over.
  • Each practice session has a time limit of 1 minute, but you are free to leave the session any time by interacting with the exit button in front of you.

IMPROVED SHOOTING TARGETS

  • Practice on the newly-added human-shaped and vehicle-shaped targets at the Aim/Sound Lab and shooting practice ranges!
  • You can see the different damages you inflict on the target based on the area you hit.
    • Headshot damage on human-shaped targets will be displayed as red.
      • Other body damage such as the torso, arms, legs, etc. will be displayed as white.
    • Damage to the driver’s seat on vehicle-shaped targets will be displayed as red.
      • Other damage such as the wheels and body will be displayed as white.

LAYOUT REARRANGEMENT

The general layout of Training Mode has been shuffled up a bit to accommodate this update’s new features and practice areas.

  • A Vehicle Display Booth displaying the three most recently added vehicles has been added.
  • An Item Display Booth displaying the three most recently added items has been added.
  • A vehicle shooting range with targets moving at the same speed as vehicles has been added.
  • The current warehouse holding the guns and attachments has been removed to enhance the mode’s performance. Use the convenient Training Helper to summon weapons and items anytime, anywhere!
  • Dirt Bikes will now spawn instead of Scooters.
  • Due to the rearrangement of Training Mode, Camp Jackal has been removed from Warmode in Custom Matches.

MODE ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  • To encourage players to begin situational practices in various practice ranges, Training Mode will now also allow entry to players who completed Basic Training only.

MAP SERVICE

As we had already mentioned in our latest Map Service Plan announcement, Sanhok will be replaced with Haven in this update’s rotation for Normal Matches. Prepare to battle newly-added bots, enemy players, and the Pillar in the return of the industrial island, Haven!

  • Normal Match
    • Erangel / Miramar / Taego / Karakin / Haven
  • Ranked Match
    • Erangel / Miramar / Taego

WORLD

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DECORATION

You’ll be noticing several fifth anniversary decorations at Erangel and Taego in Normal Matches, but we’ll be brief on the fifth anniversary explanation as separate announcements will be telling you more on our upcoming events, perks, and more!

KARAKIN

  • Several landscape updates have been made to balance out the battle experience in Karakin.
    • To provide a safer escape from Al Habar, trees and stone walls have been added around the area.
    • Trees, rocks, and a stone wall have been added to the set of houses located at the upper right of Bashara to reduce the area’s vulnerability.
    • The topography of the mountains surrounding Hadiqa Nemo has been readjusted.
      • A mountain ridge has been added to block enemies’ view.
      • The height of the mountains surrounding the area has been slightly lowered as they’ve been giving a bit too much of an advantage to many players.
      • The mountain’s slope has become a little gentler with a bit more natural cover added as well.
  • Item spawn spots have increased in bunkers near Bahr Sahir and Hadiqa Nemo.
  • Directional alphabet signs such as E for East and X for explosive exit walls have been added to specific walls in Karakin’s bunkers to assist lost players.

HAVEN

  • Bots acting like actual enemy players have been added to Haven.
  • An option to adjust the map’s brightness has been added to Settings.

CARE PACKAGE SMOKE

  • The Colorblind Mode setting will no longer apply to the red smoke from Care Packages due to a new feature to be added in a later update.

ITEM SPAWN BALANCE

We’ve heard your feedback that relatively useful weapons and their appropriate attachments should be spotted more frequently in Normal Match maps. Therefore, we ran thorough internal tests based on the data of our current item spawns and decided it’d be best to adjust the spawn rate of ARs, DMRs, SRs, and scopes in Erangel and Miramar to reduce the frustration players feel when they lose a battle after some unlucky looting.

※ This item spawn rate balance will only apply to Normal Matches.

ERANGEL

  • Assault Rifles (AR) and Designated Marksman Rifles (DMR) spawn rate increased by approximately 62%.
  • Sniper Rifles (SR) spawn rate increased by approximately 145%.
  • Foregrip spawn rate increased by approximately 33%.
  • Scope spawn rate increased by approximately 75%.
  • Stock spawn rate increased by approximately 38%.
  • Magazine spawn rate decreased by approximately 28%.
  • Heal Items and Throwables spawn rate decreased by approximately 13%.
  • Shotguns spawn rate decreased by approximately 27%.
  • Handguns spawn rate decreased by approximately 48%.

MIRAMAR

Due to the widespread distribution of item spawn spots in Miramar, players relatively take a bit more time to loot. Therefore, the spawn rate of weapons and items has generally increased.

  • Assault Rifles (AR) spawn rate increased by approximately 105%.
  • Designated Marksman Rifles (DMR) spawn rate increased by approximately 123%.
  • Sniper Rifles (SR) spawn rate increased by approximately 317%.
  • Foregrip spawn rate increased by approximately 103%.
  • Scope spawn rate increased by approximately 100%.
  • Magazine spawn rate increased by approximately 10%.
  • Muzzle attachments spawn rate increased by approximately 12%.
  • Stock spawn rate increased by approximately 47%.
  • Armor spawn rate increased by approximately 12%.
  • Backpack spawn rate increased by approximately 16%.
  • Helmet spawn rate increased by approximately 20%.

For further details on the 16.2 PUBG: Battlegrounds update, check out the game’s official website.

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