Along with PUBG: Battlegrounds now being free-to-play on both Console and PC, the devs have also introduced Update 15.2. The new update brings a handful of cool, new things to the game including Tactical Gear, new Tutorials, Action Queuing and more.
Krafton announced towards the end of last year that PUBG: Battlegrounds will be going free-to-play come January 12th 2022. The game can now be played on PC and Console for free, and players can drop right into Update 15.2 and experience all the new content for themselves.
The devs have ensured that legacy players who had bought a copy of the game are properly compensated in this transition. Legacy players will receive the PUBG Special Commemorative Pack, which includes an automatic upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus, along with a few cosmetic items.
PUBG Update 15.2 is Now Live, Patch Notes
Tactical Gear is a new category of in-game items in PUBG: battlegrounds that will provide new ways to tackle situations in the game. These pieces of tech in the game will allow players to gain an upper hand on their enemies without the use of gunplay, allowing for more ways to approach combat in the game.
Tactical Gear: Drone
The Drone is a Tactical Gear that allows players to scout a far distance and even pick up items without facing the risk of direct combat. The Drone will spawn on every map and have a large 300-meter operation radius.
The EMT Gear is a Tactical Gear that allows players to opt into increased healing potential for both themselves and their team at the cost of reduced combat flexibility. Players with the EMT Gear equipped will gain the ability to interact with damaged teammates, allowing them to spend one of their own healing items on their teammate.
Improved In-Game Fluidity with Action Queuing
With the Action Queue feature, players can queue up their next desired action by pressing and holding the button while a previous action is in progress. The action will immediately perform after the action in progress ends. For example, if a player holds the firing key/button while reloading, the gun will fire immediately after the reload action ends.
Improved Onboarding Experience for New Players with New Tutorials
In order to ease new players into PUBG: Battlegrounds, the devs have introduced a couple of new tutorials. These include Basic Training Mode that allows players to get familiar with the core gameplay mechanics such as Shooting, Looting, and Movement. AI Training Match allows players to get a feel of the pace of the game against 99 AI-controlled bots.
Lobby Tutorial Missions can be played after completing Basic Training and AI Training Matches. This series of extra tutorial missions will introduce players to additional game modes and features.
For a full breakdown of all new changes, including new QOL changes in the game, head on over to the official patch notes breakdown, linked here.