'PUBG' PC Update 9.1 Adds Paramo Map & Season 9 - Patch Notes

PUBG update 9.1 is officially live on test servers, introducing the Paramo map, ranked solos and a few key buffs and nerfs to kick off Season 9. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of the latest PUBG Corp blog post.

PUBG Update 9.1 Patch Notes

New Map: Paramo

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'PUBG' update 9.1 has released with the new Paramo map and ranked solos. Read the full patch notes here . 'PUBG' is available now on PC, Xbox One and PS4. PUBG Corporation

Paramo is a 3×3 map with a dynamic world new to PUBG. This dynamic world system alters locations between matches, making every trip to Paramo a unique experience. It has helicopters to ride and drop Care Packages.

Seasonal Match

Due to our new Dynamic Map Locations system, Paramo will be provided as a Seasonal Match separate from the current matchmaking pool.

  • Paramo is provided as a Seasonal Match exclusive for Season 9 only.
  • Seasonal Match will have bots disabled.
  • Seasonal Match will not count for your Career > Stats.
  • Seasonal Match will not have missions enabled.

Paramo Map Rules

  • 3×3 km playable area with dynamic map locations.
  • 64 Players
  • TPP Squads Only
  • No Red Zones
  • The Blue Zone shrinks slowly, but deals more damage compared to other maps, even in the early phases of the match.
  • Motorcycles are the only vehicle available on Paramo and can usually be found near small villages.

Paramo: New Features

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Players can ride Paramo helicopters and get Care Packages from them. PUBG Corporation

Dynamic Map Locations

  • Major landmarks and parts of terrain are relocated in every new session.
  • Players must adapt and use suitable strategies and tactics according to the changes.
  • Several streams of lava flow from active volcanoes throughout Paramo, presenting a unique environment hazard as you traverse across the map.
    • Stepping foot in lava can lead to a quick death, dealing 10 damage per second to players, ticking every half second.
    • Riding a Motorcycle into lava will destroy your tires and quickly begin to destroy the vehicle, whilst also dealing damage to the player.
  • Unlike other maps, players can wander outside the bounds of the playable area and a warning will display on screen. Failure to quickly return to the playable area will result in you being killed.
  • New item boxes can now spawn in certain houses.
  • Destroy the boxes to find multiple pieces of loot, such as ammo, throwables, and healing items.
  • Players will drop into the Battleground of Paramo from helicopters.
  • During the match, these helicopters carry precious cargo across the map, with the plan of dropping it just outside the play area. Pay close attention and if you shoot enough rounds into a helicopter, you'll force it to release the cargo early.
  • Paramo has a handful of Care Packages exclusive, highland themed items not found on other maps, including new full-body camo suits, ghillie suit and backpack.
  • With a critical response kit in your inventory, you will be able to revive a downed squad member in just one second.
  • In Paramo, you might find a 'Secret Room Key' while looting.. it's gotta unlock something, right?

Season 9 Begins

A new ranked season has begun. Ranked rewards earned from Season 8 will be granted to your account upon login.

  • Player ranks have been reset
    • Players will be given their initial rank after 5 placement matches.
    • RP has been soft-reset, so your initial Season 9 placement will be influenced by your Season 8 rank.
  • Leaderboards have been reset
    • Final player ranks and the regional Top 500 leaderboards will be finalized once live server maintenance is complete, to ensure all matches are accounted for.
    • View your Season 8 stats and the Top 500 leaderboards of each region under Career > Stats

Ranked Game Mode Updates

Ranked Solo

  • Solo matches have been introduced to Ranked Mode.
  • These matches will have the same competitive qualities as Ranked Squad matches.
    • 64 players
    • No Red Zones
    • More loot
    • Erangel, Miramar, Vikendi and Sanhok only

Ranked Leaderboard Changes

For the following regional modes, we're lowering the minimum rank required to display on the leaderboards from Diamond 2 to Gold 4:

  • Europe
    • TPP Solo and Squads
  • Russia
    • TPP Solo and Squads
    • FPP Solo and Squads
  • North America
    • FPP Solo and Squads
  • South America
    • FPP Solo and Squad
    • TPP Squads

This change has been made to ensure each region has a sufficient percentage of their player base displayed on the leaderboards

Ranked Mode Ruleset Updates

  • Algorithm Update
    • Points earned per kill and assist have been increased by 50%.
  • Sanhok Blue Zone Adjustment
    • Compared to other maps, the number of players who die in Phase 2 is very high. We've made some Blue Zone changes which we believe will improve the overall pacing of
  • Sanhok matches.
    • Increased the size and waiting time of Phase 2
    • Removed the dynamic Blue Zone mechanic which scaled circle speeds based on the number of players alive.
    • Please note, these changes are only to Ranked Sanhok matches.
  • Item Spawns
    • Increased AR/DMR Magazines spawns
      • Increased 4x, 6x and 8x spawns
    • Increased Canted Sight spawns
      • Slightly decreased the spawn rates of 2x and 3x spawns
    • Decreased Handgun/SMG Magazines spawns
    • Decreased Handgun spawns, along with 9mm and .45ACP ammo
  • Vehicle spawns
    • Esports vehicle spawn locations will now always spawn a vehicle.
  • Care Packages
    • MG3 has been added Care Packages on all Ranked maps

Regional Matchmaking Changes

This update to regional queues adds a Solo option to Ranked. In addition, we will now begin adjusting the available queues on a per region basis in an effort to deliver the best experience possible to each region.

When players go to select a game mode in either normal or ranked sections, they will see that the options that are available will be different. At a minimum, the changes will include the addition of a solo ranked option, but depending on region they may see different combinations of options available in terms of team size, perspective, and ranked/normal matches.

For the game modes available for each region, please see below.

NA

Random Map Selection

TPP: Solo, Squad

FPP: Solo, Duo, Squad, Solo Rank, Squad Rank

EU

Random Map Selection

TPP: Solo, Squad, Squad Rank

FPP: Solo, Duo, Squad, Solo Rank, Squad Rank

OC

Random Map Selection

TPP: Solo, Squad, Squad Rank

FPP: Squad

SEA

TPP: Solo, Duo, Squad, Solo Rank, Squad Rank

FPP: Squad, Solo Rank, Squad Rank

Weapon Balance Update

Beryl M762

  • Base damage reduction: 46 → 44
  • Increased vertical recoil of early spray by 5%
  • Increased horizontal recoil of early spray by 5%
  • Slightly increased the minimum horizontal recoil
  • Reverted PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BERYLGROUNDS

SLR

  • Based damage reduction: 58 → 56
  • Increased recoil during ADS by 5%
  • Increased loss of bullet velocity by distance by 15%

G-COIN

G-Coin has been introduced to PUBG. G-Coin will function as the new currency for PUBG purchases. To read more about G-Coin, please read our G-Coin launch announcement.

Survivor Pass: Highlands

Survivor Pass: Highlands loads you up with the looks you need to explore Paramo's mysteries. Unlike previous passes, Highlands will run for a reduced duration of two months but is also easier to complete with only level 50 needed to receive all its rewards. Drop in early to hit the ground running and claim your great Paramo-themed rewards.

  • Survivor Pass: Highlands will be available for 990 G-Coin or $9.99 with Steam Wallet funds.
  • You can earn 1,000 G-Coin through collection of rewards in the Survivor Pass. Yes, that's correct, collecting all the G-Coin rewards mean earning the pass for free!
  • Unlike previous passes, Survivor Pass 9 has a reduced duration of two months with a total of 50 levels.

QoL improvements

Missions

  • Missions XP is now automatically claimed upon completion.
  • Once a mission is complete, you'll see a MISSION COMPLETED animation the first time you return to the pass.

Pass Reward and XP Visibility

  • Upon returning to the lobby after a match, you'll immediately see an animation of XP earned filling the Survivor Pass bar.
  • Claimable rewards are animated and highlighted to better display which rewards are ready to collect.
  • Daily, Weekly and Challenge missions can now be viewed in the lobby without having to dive into the pass page.

Preview Improvements

  • You can now preview multiple items on your character at once, while on the Survivor Pass page.
  • You can now preview emotes while also wearing skins you wish to preview at the same time.

Weekly Missions

  • Now all players will be able to claim weekly missions.
  • There are total number of 7 weekly missions.
  • Weekly missions are now grouped by difficulty, giving XP based on how challenging they are.

Performance

  • Character animation preloading has been added to improve performance
    • This will result in shorter loading when entering matches and slightly reduced instances of hitching.
    • Although, as the game now loads character animations when first launching PUBG, there will be a slight increase in loading time upon launch.
  • Selectable resolution in Fullscreen Borderless Mode
    • You can now select your resolution while using Fullscreen Borderless mode and your render scale will adjust automatically to correlate with the selected resolution.
    • Changing the display mode to 'Borderless' mode from 'Fullscreen' or 'Windowed' will have the Render Scale automatically set to 70.
      • You can readjust the render scale above 70 if desired.

UX/UI

New Feature: News Page

  • We've added a new News page to the client, which will include helpful info on game contents, promotions, maintenance as well as community messages. All the PUBG info you need in one convenient spot!
    • The News page replaces rolling banners previously located in the top left corner of the lobby.
    • The Patch Note icon at the top right corner of the lobby now opens the News page, which also contains the patch notes.

Lobby Menu Improvements

  • Enhanced the visuals and navigation of the menu.
  • Added ESC shortcuts to the navigation menu.
  • ESC will return you to the most recent PLAY menu.
  • From the PLAY menu, ESC will open the System Menu

In-game Store Improvement

Along with general navigation bar upgrades, we have also revamped the in-game store for a better experience. Rather than simple crate images, now item sets are displayed with unique key art.

Customize Menu Improvement

The structure and layout of the customize menu has been revamped. Categories have been combined to provide quicker and easier navigation.

  • Overall menu structure and layout improvement
    • Category home menu has been deleted for quicker access
    • Streamlined the excess amount of categories (e.g. vehicles)
    • Number of items displayed on the screen has been increased
  • Enhanced searching tools
    • Items earned most recently will be now filtered to top
    • Search filters has been applied to more categories
    • Added on-off toggle to show or hide face accessories when accessing appearance category.

Player Status in Party

It has been difficult to distinguish whether a party member had disconnected, or was still in a match and we've now improved the information displayed right above the characters to share more clear information on their status.

  • New UI and text has been added to clearly state the player's current status.

Other UI Updates

  • New emote volume control slider has been added under Settings > Audio > Sound > Gameplay section.
  • Now you are able to control the volume of emotes separately from gameplay volume.
  • Karakin map image used in Match history section has been updated.
  • Optimized the UI in Observing Mode to provide more clear visibility.

Skins & Items

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Season 9 introduces some new skin purchase options as well. PUBG Corporation
  • Baseball themed items – nine set items, 16 individual items. (Release on October 21)
  • Doggy themed items – seven set items, 21 individual items. (Release on November 4)
  • Streamer (Thomas) set – one set item, three individual items. (Release on October 21)

Replay System

The replay system has been updated. Replay files from previous updates are now unable to be used.

Bug Fixes

Gameplay

Fixed the issue where players could cancel the reload animation of M249 to reduce the reload time.

UI/UX

Fixed the issue where player's damage in match history and match report page was shown differently.

Fixed the issue where unrelated system messages displayed when players spent a certain amount of time at the out game screen such as lobby, customize screen.

Fixed a typo in the loading screen of the Training Map.

Fixed the issue where changing the volume of Gameplay / UI / Music in Settings – Audio tab does not apply in real-time.

Skins & Items

Fixed the issue where characters appearance could distort when equipping the Madsy Utility Belt with some other clothing items.

Fixed the issue where the wrong item was being displayed when previewing Jockey Boots with a male character.

Spectating

Fixed the issue where a player's number could be mismatched with the one displayed on the observer player list.

Fixed the issue where M16's iron sight could block players ADS view when attaching scopes.

Fixed the issue where an observer's right mouse button could be disabled when using hide UI function.

Fixed the issue where players could receive the incorrect penalty pop-ups when trying to leave the match after spectating the killer.

Even though on the surface it looks like PUBG update 9.1 should be a big hit with the game's hardcore community, much of the patch's major additions are marred by some unfortunate truths. Chief among them is the fact that Paramo, a brand-new PUBG experience, is a very small arena limited to a third-person Squads queue only. In other words, if you had any interest in playing the map from first-person at all, that option simply isn't available. Even though the map itself sounds pretty awesome, this restriction cuts off a huge portion of the player base from seeing what Paramo is all about. As if that wasn't enough, it's strange that PUBG Corp quietly cut the size of the Season 9 Survivor Pass in half without reducing its price. What we're seeing here are multiple decisions that don't serve the PUBG community, and many members are frustrated as a result.

There are a few positive takeaways, though. One of these is the fact that solos has finally made its way to ranked. Finally those who don't like playing PUBG as a co-op experience can test their skills in an environment with strict progression. Considering solos can in many ways be the toughest way to play this game, it's nice to see that hardcore sect get some attention. The fairly modest Beryl nerf and the character loading fixes are pretty nice too. The big Paramo content drop is the obvious draw for PUBG update 9.1, but only if you play in third-person.

PUBG is available now on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

What do you think of PUBG update 9.1 based on these patch notes? Are you OK with Paramo being TPP only? Tell us in the comments section!