'PUBG' Test Server Update 23.1 Has Name Changes & Emote Tab - Patch Notes

PUBG Update 23.1 has officially migrated to Test Servers. As indicated in the official patch notes, the small download adds a Name Change item, emote customization and a few gameplay tweaks. Read more about the specific changes below.

PUBG Update 23.1 Patch Notes


  • For technical testing purposes during this test server period, players will receive a name change item through the Player Care Package upon login.
    • This item is only available on the test server and will be distributed until Nov. 20, 9 p.m. EST.


PUBG update 23 emote tab
With 'PUBG' update 23.1, you can customize your emote wheel in the new emotes tab. PUBG Corporation

Improved the in-game emote system.

  • Added an 'Emote' tab in the 'Customize' menu.
  • You can add/remove emotes you own to the Emote menu for use in game.
  • You can also see animations of the emotes you've selected on the character to the right of the screen.
  • You can have up to 12 emotes active at a time.
  • Improved item visibility when you equip items on the Appearance menu.
    • When you select an item in the Appearance tab, equipped items will now be hidden from the character in order to show the selected item clearly.

Skin & Item

  • You can purchase various emotes from the store using BP.
    • Three new emotes are currently available: 'AIR GUITAR', 'DRAW!', 'ZAPPED'

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where pressing ESC while leaning would maintain the leaning stance.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes a character would be shown as under the ground with only their face showing while waiting in specific areas before the game starts.
  • Fixed an issue where helmet skins applied in the lobby are sometimes delayed from appearing on looted in-game helmets.
  • Fixed an issue where characters can't pick up a dropped melee weapon again after dropping it on specific stairs in Erangel.
  • Fixed an issue where grenades would sometimes damage an incorrect area.

Hot Fixes

These hotfixes have been applied to the live server.

  • Fixed an issue where the voice channel shown was not the active one.
  • Fixed an issue where character model was shown as the opposite gender in the store preview screen.
  • Fixed an issue causing a game crash when other players pick up an item while you are picking up same item with specific amounts.

Based on these patch notes and its namesake, PUBG Update 23.1 doesn't reinvent the wheel in terms of features. That being said, it does add a few that are necessary to compete in the growing battle royale genre. It's a bit strange to think it took PUBG Corp this long to implement a customizable emote wheel even if emotes are fairly new, but it's nice to see it on this list regardless. In that same token, it'd be great if name changes could be offered free of charge, but paying a small price to do so isn't that unheard of in the modern era.

Many fans were likely expecting PUBG's next update to include more "fix PUBG" tweaks, but you won't find many of those here. Patch 23.1 is a targeted release meant to test a few specific features. The contents listed above won't appeal to everyone, but that's what Update 24 is for.

PUBG is available now on PC and Xbox One. Update 23.1 is exclusive to PC.

Do you have any interest in a customizable emote wheel or a Name Change item? Tell us in the comments section!

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