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PUBG Update 8.1 Patch Notes Confirmed Ahead Of July 30 Release On PS4

PUBG Corp. has announced a partial list of PUBG Update 8.1 patch notes, confirming the next patch for the battle royale title will drop on July 30 for PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia. The update is now live for PC via the test servers.

PUBG Update 8.1 Patch Notes

The full patch notes will drop on release day.


Gas Can Improvements

The Gas Can improvements, which were postponed from update 7.2, are now back with some changes!

Changes from 7.2 patch

Spilled fuel was too easy to be spotted making difficult for players to make ambushes.

Fuel now blends much better into the environment making it more difficult to spot.

Fuel now splatters in puddles so once its lit, the flaming area is similar to that of a molotov.

In Training Mode, we have decreased the number of Gas Cans and reduced how often they spawn.

You can now equip Gas Cans in the melee weapon slot.

Press “attack” to pour gas on the ground. It takes around 7 seconds to empty the can.

Spilled fuel can be set on fire with gunshots, molotovs, and grenade explosions.

Fire deals the same damage as a molotov, but burns longer (~20 seconds).

Spilled fuel evaporates in about 3.5 minutes.

You can also throw the Gas Cans the same way as melee weapons (aim, then press attack), which causes it to release some fuel upon landing, making it easier to ignite and explode.

Gas Cans cannot be picked up or reused after being thrown, but can still explode.

Changes to Gas Can explosions:

Deals less initial damage. Max 40 dmg, which scales down with distance from the explosion.

Now sets the nearby area on fire like a molotov, dealing damage over time

Matchmaking Changes – NA, SA, OC Only

Featured Map & Random Map has been enabled.

Featured Map: Sanhok

Random Map: Erangel, Miramar, Vikendi and Karakin


The featured map option will be available in normal matches until 8.2 update, where it will revert to full random. This may occur earlier, depending on matchmaking times.

Ranked Mode

New Season

A new Ranked Season has begun. Ranked Rewards for Season 7 will be distributed to players shortly after launching into the new season.

Vikendi has been added to the Ranked map pool.

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 8 placement will be influenced by your Season 7 rank.

Leaderboards have been reset

Game Mode Updates

Team placements

RP(Ranked Point) acquired based on players performance will have to account for Team placement rather than individual placement

When a player leaves a match even though teammates are still alive, placement points will be calculated based on the team placement at the very moment when the player leaves the match. If the player decides to stay with the teammates and the team wins the chicken dinner, the player’s placement point will be considered as 1st place.

Bonus kill points

When killing an enemy player whose rank is higher than 5 divisions, (ex. Silver 5 killing Gold 5 player) player will be able to earn a bonus RP.

The greater the difference in rank tiers, the more bonus RP granted to players.

Killing a higher ranked player will grant bonus BP.

RP Growth rate adjustment

In order to have players reach the rank best matching their skills, we have adjusted the RP growth rate 50% greater.

The minimum Survival Mastery level to participate in Ranked Mode has been increased to level 40 (previously level 20).

Ranked Mode Ruleset Update

With Vikendi being added to Ranked Mode, we’ve made some Ranked specific changes to the map and some additional changes across Ranked Mode as a whole.

Vikendi is now playable in Ranked mode.

Vikendi’s Blue Zone has been adjusted to more closely align with Ranked Mode circles.

Red Zone is disabled in Ranked.

Item Spawns

M249 and DBS are now world spawns in small numbers.

Mosin-Nagant is now spawned on Erangel and Vikendi.

A small amount of Crossbows now spawn in the world.


Vehicles can now spawn in the Esports hard spawn locations.

However, in Ranked Mode, there is not a 100% chance they spawn in those locations.

Motor Gliders now spawn in Ranked.

Motor Glider is only spawned on Erangel andMiramar.

Motor Glider will have small amount of fuel ready in the tank upon spawning.

Flare Gun

You can no-longer call in the BRDM-2 with a Flare Gun.

It was proving a bit more powerful than we expected.

Survival Mastery

Maximum amount of Survival mastery XP available per match is now set to 1500XP.


Optimized unnecessary processes during opening and closing UI such as inventory and maps to reduce hitching.

Desynchronized how the game loads inventory icons to reduce hitching during the icon loading process.

The game now pre-loads the Blue Zone prior to match start to prevent hitching when the first Blue Zone spawns.

Optimized the physical actors (objects) to improve CPU performance.

Implemented thread scheduling optimizations to improve CPU performance.


Footstep Sound Re-Design And Remaster

In order to provide better sounds, the following improvements has been made:

Quality and details of the core sounds have been improved.

Enhanced quality of footstep sounds over distance.

Minimized the sound difference between bare feet and shoes.

For more details of the improvements, keep an eye out on the dev letter we’ll be releasing tomorrow when the test server is updated with Update 8.1


Emote Setting Screen UX Improvements

Improvements were made to ensure a more user friendly experience.

Simply drag & drop to place emotes in the emote wheel.

All changes are now saved automatically.

Numbers are now added to the emote wheel

Now you can click on the emote in the wheel to preview emotes.

All of the emotes will be now reordered based on the date acquired.

However, emotes acquired prior to Jan, 2020, won’t be listed accurately.

In-game HUD Improvement

Improved the boost icon so that players can visually distinguish the 2 different stages of running boost.

Loading Splash Art Improvement

Splash art has been modified to support to 4K resolution.

New Notification

New visual notification has been added to the main menu Store tab to notify you when new items are added.

UI Design Improvements

Unified the style of the drop-down menu and improved user experience.

Unified the scroller status and enlarged the drag area to improve usability.

Improved the style of tool tips to be more consistent.

Custom Match Observer UI Improvements


New TOP 4 copy is displayed when only 4 team remains.

Remaining team, number of players, match time on the top right will be changed to number of players remaining per each team / remaining time.

This feature is activated only in Duo/Squad mode

Damage Indicator

Damage indicator has been improved to indicate all 360 degrees compared to previous 4 directions.

The vertex of the damage indicator will indicate the direction of the shooter in real-time

The length of the indicator depends on the amount of damage received.

The amount of damage received is displayed with damage amount accumulated for a short period

More damage indicator will be displayed according to the number of shooter dealing damage.

Shooter information

Shooter’s Team logo, Team name(abbreviation), Player name and damage is displayed next to the indicator.

Improved Custom match interaction

Added a new interaction when hovering a cursor over the custom match slots.


Team Up System

Now you can easily ‘Team Up’ with other players who you’ve met in Normal and Ranked Matches!

In the match result screen of both Normal and Ranked Matches, you can now use the Team Up button to form a team.

If in a premade team already, only the team’s host can activate the Team Up button.

Death Cam will be still available after pressing the Team Up button.

When Team Up is successful, the new team will be redirected to the game lobby screen after 5 seconds

If there are no other players left waiting on the match result screen, player won’t be able to activate Team Up.

Friend List Improvement

Friend list is now updated in real-time

New Skins & Items

Available from August 5th:

Starfairy Weapon Set

Starfairy – Vector

Starfairy – SCAR-L

Starfairy – AWM

Corgi Helmet Set

Corgi Crew – Helmet (Level 1)

Corgi Crew – Helmet (Level 2)

Corgi Crew – Helmet (Level 3)

Corgi Backpack Set

Corgi Crew Backpack (Level 1)

Corgi Crew Backpack (Level 2)

Corgi Crew Backpack (Level 3)

Available from: July 29th:

Victory Dance 22

Bug Fixes


Fixed an issue where footstep sounds were not played correctly.

Fixed the abnormally quiet footstep sound on certain floor types in large apartment buildings on Erangel.

Fixed the issue where melee weapons teleport when thrown inside a vehicle.

Fixed the awkward movement the 2nd player would make in the lobby when readying up.


Fixing the floating part of the race track in Training Mode.

Fixed the issue with certain object becoming invisible when using scopes in Training Mode.

Fixed the issue where players who land on certain locations in mid-air unintentionally.

Fixed the issue where windows in Cement Factory building would not break after players vaulted through them.


Fixed the excessively narrow scroll bar located in the store menu.

Fixed the system message displayed in wrong language when playing War Mode: Conquest.

Fixed the false preview screen displayed in customize tab when previewing item boxes which are still on sale.

Fixed the unnecessary penalty pop-up message displayed in ranked mode after spectating the players killer player.

Fixed the issue where players were directed to wrong menu screen.

Fixed the wrong season title displayed in the Career menu.

Fixed the issue where observing player’s weapon UI is not correctly displayed.

Skins & Items

Fixed the issue where character’s neck could become invisible when equipping Biker Jacket and Ice Princess costume.

Fixed the issue where part of Tenebres AKM weapon skin remained on the weapon even after changing to another weapon.

Fixed the issue of PEL 2019 Phase 3 item displayed as other item.

Fixed the clipping issue with Major Trouble costume with a character.

Fixed the clipping issue with PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Trenchcoat and PGC 2019 Combat pants.

Replay System

Fixed the abnormal camera view when exporting the replay in certain situations.

Fixed the issue where other players are also getting kicked when kicking a player.