The 14th title update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is approaching, and PUBG Corp. is planning on overhauling throwable weapons in very drastic ways.
The developer said in a new blog post that throwables like the frag grenade, stun grenade, and molotovs have been underutilized due to a variety of reasons. Frag grenades have had their knockback removed, stun grenades feel redundant because frags offer the same sort of sound distortion, and molotovs have been some of the least popular items in the game.
That last bit is probably going to change soon, if this video clip is any indication.
In the new patch, molotovs can now deal indirect damage and burn damage over time, depending on whether or not you’re standing in the flames. Indirect damage has been increased from 10 to 12.5, and you will be unable to aim down sights while burning.
More importantly, as shown in the video above, flames from molotovs will spread further along wooden surfaces in houses. This will make it very useful for clearing out camping spots.
For frag grenades, they have had their damage and effective range increased. Frags can now deal lethal damage from within 3.5 meters, moderate damage from 3.5 to 8.5 meters, and low damage from 8.5 through 10 meters.
Stun grenades have had their blinding effects improved, and the maximum effective range has been increased to 20 meters. Depending on the distance from the explosion, the indirect effect can blind the player for a maximum of three seconds. You will be unable to aim down sights while blinded.
With the update, PUBG Corp. is also adding its own anti-cheat solution, which was developed in-house. Players will see this pop-up above when they launch the game, and it’ll ask all players to click the box to enable anti-cheat to help the developer refine the service.
The update also includes further weapon and attachment balance, and PUBG Corp. announced plans to nerf the M24, remove it from care packages, and add it to the world spawn loot table. The full patch notes can be read in the Steam blog post, and the update will be launching on the test servers before it goes live.