PUBG Testing Intense Battle Royale Mode in Labs

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Exciting times seem ahead for PUBG. At the Labs, the new Intense Battle Royale mode is being tested. This is a fast-paced and mini battle royale that sustains all essential factors of the traditional battle royale system.

Basically, multiple factors have been simplified in an effort to lower the play time, including looting, long-distance traveling, and number of enemies, to name a few. With the said factors minimized, players should be able to focus more on the late-game intensity even at the start.

Here are the basic settings of this new mode:

  • Maximum Number of Starting Players: 16
  • Map
    • Designated areas of:
      • Erangel
      • Miramar
      • Taego
      • Deston
  • Safe Zone
    • Starts out with a similar size of the Normal Match’s Phase 3 circle.
    • The number of players may cause the Safe Zone to be restricted faster.
  • Plane
    • Players automatically drop from the plane once the plane reaches the edge of the Safe Zone.
    • Specific Zones, such as the Red Zone, Blizzard Zone, and the like, won't be activated.
    • The balance adjustments for weapons/vehicles/maps in Normal Matches apply to this mode.

For the items and vehicles, here's what players can look forward to:

  • Starting Items
    • Armor and Equipment
    • Helmet (Level 2)
    • Vest (Level 2)
    • Backpack (Level 3)
  • Weapons
    • An AR, SMG, and DMR/SR weapon crates are available in the Inventory.
    • Open the crates to receive random weapons of each type.
  • Throwables
    • Smoke Grenades
    • Stun Grenades
    • Frag Grenades
    • Molotov
  • Heal/Boost Items
    • First Aid Kit
    • Energy Drink
    • Painkiller
    • Bandage
  • Vehicles randomly spawn.
  • Care Packages are dropped throughout the match.
  • Supply Drops that hold random items also spawn on the map.

The Intense Battle Royale mode started in Labs for PC on January 17 and will last until February 14. For console players, they can try out this new mode at Labs beginning January 25 until February 22.

PUBG Labs was made available in November 2019 as a way for players to test out new game modes, rule sets, and features outside of the usual testing environment. However, it was made clear that Labs won't be replacing the test server, which remains the way to test normal content updates.

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

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