PUBG Mobile Arctic Mode First Impressions
As the popularity of PUBG Mobile continues to deluge Tencent has been adding new features and gameplay modes to it in order to keep things fresh and interesting. Only recently, it introduced a big update with version 0.17.0, and one of the new features is an Arctic Mode, which has just gone live. The new mode adds fresh gameplay mechanics and survival elements, so players even have to survive blast while fighting other teams. The new Arctic Mode went live on April 16 and is a free update within the game. We've been trying it out for a few hours, and here are our initial impressions of it.
HOW TO GET THE NEW ARCTIC MODE IN PUBG?
In order to get Arctic Mode, just ensure you're playing the latest version of PUBG Mobile, which is 0.17.0, which released on February 23. If you don't have the game installed, then simply head to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and download it. When you launch the game, you should see a small pop-up banner for the new mode, on the left side of the game's main screen. In case you don't, simply tap the map below the ‘Start' button, go to EvoGround section, and in the ‘PlayLab' sub-menu, you should automatically have Arctic Mode as the first selectable option (provided you've already downloaded the ‘Vikendi' map).
HOW DO THE NEW MECHANICS WORK?
Arctic Mode takes place in the snow-covered Vikendi environment, but there are new resources to roam for and an occassional blizzard to deal with. This mode can only be played with a team of four players, and you'll still have 100 players per match. Think of it as a ‘Classic' match with a twist.
The first thing you'll notice is a new temperature gauge next to your health bar. You need to keep an eye on this when the blizzard hits. You also have a snowboard at your disposal whenever you're on any snowy surface. A quick tap of the ‘Ski' option lets you snowboard around instead of walking, which is fun. The controls are similar to driving a vehicle in the game. There are also some vehicles such as snow bikes scattered around the terrain, which you can use to get around quicker.
IS IT MORE FUN THAN THE CLASSIC VIKENDI MAP?
Teamwork has never been more crucial in PUBG Mobile than it is in Arctic Mode, and it is best played with friends. Communication is also key here, as during the blizzard, it's best if some teammates focus on keeping a fire going while others scout the area with a drone or simply stay the lookout for any incoming attack.
If you're looking for more of a challenge than the classic maps, then yes, Arctic Mode is certainly a whole lot of fun. Camping out during the blizzard can be a chore at times as there's nothing much to do other than wait around for it to pass. However, this also provides an opportunity to plan a surprise attack on other players.