PUBG Mobile: Everything you need to know!

The battle royale hit PUBG has made its way to iOS, and PUBG Mobile is ready to download!

Whether you've been lucky enough to have the game since it launched, or you're just downloading it right now, you may be wondering what it's all about.

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What's new in PUBG Mobile?

April 2, 2019: PUBG Mobile adds a subscription plan for player rewards

PUBG Mobile has introduced, not one, but two different subscription plans that will allow players to earn Unknown Cash (UC) and grants the ability to use Battle Points (BP) on in-game purchases and some more goodies.

The subscriptions come in two tiers, Prime and Prime Plus, and cost $0.99/month and $4.99/month respectively.

The basic Prime tier offers will give players 5 UC a day and the ability to use BP to make in-game purchases. The move expensive Prime Plus offers 20 UC daily, the chance to use BP on in-game purchases, but it also grants discounts on in-game loot and items every day. That's not all, Prime Plus members will also receive 10 Royale Points per day and a 50% discount in entering the Classic Crate Dialy Lottery.

PUBG Mobile still remains free-to-play, meaning you don't have to purchase either subscription, but for avid fans and players this subscriptions could be worth it.

May 15, 2018: New map, weapons, and vehicles in PUBG Mobile update!

The new update to PUBG Mobile has been released for iOS, and there's plenty of new goodies for players!

The desert terrain map, called Miramar, is now available for selection. With new hiding places, buildings, and other places to explore, you'll need to find new places to loot and camp out to be the "winner winner chicken dinner"! Plus, the new map comes with new weapons and vehicles, so you may even find a new favorite or two!

The update also including progress missions, which you can complete to earn progress rewards. The more missions you complete the harder the mission get. Plus, PUBG Mobile was also blessed with some new avatars, language-specific chat channels, and new weekly activity missions.

To see all the details and UI improvements the newest update has to offer, visit the PUBG Mobile in the App Store.

April 23, 2018: Huge updates adds a ton of new features

This is the first major update to PUBG since its launch, and it's serving up some new player modes and plenty of more variety!

The all-new Arcade Mode is a 28 player mode that players can queue up for either solo or with friends. Each Arcade match will randomly choose one of six variations, which will change the match in various ways. These variations will limit the weapons in a match to one type, for players to use no weapons at all, or by allowing players access to all weapons and items. The six variation include Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, Pistols, All Weapons, Melee Only, and Item Heaven.

On top of Arcade Mode, there is now a Training Ground that allows players to practice their skills with various weapons and items, giving you the ability to practice your shooting skills.

Of course, the update also provided a lot of UI improvements, one of my personal favorites is the ability to toggle on an option to automatically open doors. Visit the PUBG Mobile in the App Store for full details.

What is PUBG Mobile?

It's a competitive third-person shooter that pits you against 99 other players in a battle for the last man standing. Starting out with nothing, you'll need to find supplies, arm yourself, and head into the fray as the environment around you gets smaller and smaller as time goes on.

How do I play?

The goal of PUBG Mobile is to be the last person alive in the match, which could have as many as 99 other players.

When you start the game, you fall from the sky with a wingsuit and a parachute and land somewhere on the giant island tasked with finding items, guns, and ammo to defend yourself and take out other players. Of course, every couple of minutes, the map gets smaller, forcing all the remaining players to converge on a specific part of the map. This forces players out of hiding and ensures that the game will end because eventually, the map gets so small that there's not anywhere to hide.

You can only carry so many guns and items at once, and once you die, you're out of the game, meaning you'll have to manage your loadout and equipment fairly often to give yourself the best chance of survival.

Is it cross-platform?

As of right now, PUBG Mobile is not cross-platform, meaning you'll only be able to play with people who have the game on their iOS devices.

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Staying alive in PUBG Mobile isn't for the faint of heart, it takes some real discipline and know-how.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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