Kar98k and M24 buffed, AWM nerfed in latest PUBG patch

The desert map isn't the only new addition to the test server.

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A substantial patch has hit the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds test server, and it includes a whole lot more than the new desert map, Miramar.

The patch notes are lengthy. But notably a number of changes have been made to sniper rifles. First, the damage has been increased for the Kar98k and the M24, and the damage for the AWM has been reduced.

On top of that, the damage multiplier to the torso has been increased by 10 percent across the board for all snipers. Overall, sniper rifles may be a bit more viable now than before.

Another big change is the new ability for passengers to heal themselves with bandages in boosts while riding in a car. Drivers cannot do so, and the action can be canceled by a sudden speed change, an impact, or a vehicle flip.

The UI has seen a couple of updates, too, as the color of the HP bar will now better reflect how much health the player has left. The bar will be yellow when HP is below 50 percent, red when below 25 percent, and blinking red when below 10 percent.

First-person perspective has received a lot of love in the update, as well. Now, the position of the gun in FPP will be lowered depending on the scope or other attachments mounted on it, and the camera has been moved to the correct position when driving in FPP.

There’s a lot of changes and additions in the new update, which is now in testing. PUBG is scheduled for full release with the 1.0 update hitting the live servers on Dec. 20.