PUBG: Battlegrounds Brings Back Zone Tag to Labs

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Zone Tag is returning to PUBG: Battlegrounds courtesy of Labs. It offers a fun twist on the Battle Royale mode by adding exciting rules. One of these is the ball, which when possessed, allows the player to get control of the Blue Zone. As long as the ball is in the hands of the player, the Blue Zone follows their every move. Exciting, right?

Before we dig deeper into some of the specific rules, here are the general settings of Zone Tag:

  • Map: Vikendi / Deston (Random)
  • Perspective: TPP (Third-Person Perspective) only
  • Team Mode: Squad Mode
    • Played as a team composed of 4 players.
    • Teams can be premade before the matchmaking process.
    • Solo Squad play is not supported in this mode.
  • Minimum players: 24
  • Maximum players: 100
  • AI is not available in this mode.

Ball and Zone

You are probably wondering about the ball? It's actually a sinister entity that randomly attaches itself to a player when the game starts. Here's how it works:

  • At the start of the match, the ball is randomly attached to one player.
  • The player with the ball is highlighted by a beam of light which can be seen from a distance.
  • The ball guides the movement of the Blue Zone, which means the center of the Blue Zone moves along with the ball.
  • If the carrier of the ball is knocked out, killed, or enters a restricted area, the ball automatically drops.
    • Restricted areas include small islands and inaccessible rooftops.
    • Players receive damage upon entering water, detaching the ball. This rule doesn't apply if the water depth is low.
  • If the ball is not held by any player, it seeks a nearby eligible player.
    • If there are no eligible players nearby, it moves toward the center of the map.
  • The ball cannot be manually dropped or passed between players.
  • If the player holding the ball remains stationary for too long, an anchor is generated.
    • Players have to move away from the anchor or they'll lose the ball.
  • Despite the movements of the ball, the phases of the Blue Zone still occur.
    • The Blue Zone still shrinks and the damage increases over time.
  • At Phase 6, the ball and the center of the Blue Zone is locked until the end of the match.

Vehicle and Movement

Since this mode is all about surviving, the key is speed. In Zone Tag, the faster a player moves, the healthier they become. Additionally, vehicles don't take any weapon damage and even provide infinite ammo while driven. This current version of Zone Tag also offers more vehicles for players to use.

What do you think? Excited to try Zone Tag?

PUBG: Battlegrounds is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS.

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