Though PUBG has been the subject of substantial vitriol in the past few months, today’s announcement that the battle royale is getting a bona fide training mode should reverse the trend. PUBG Corp made the announcement in the usual understated post on Steam, which details what appears to be a well-thought out and expectation-shattering practice mode.
Probably spurred on by the success of Fortnite’s Playground LTM, Training Mode is far more than the initially planned shooting range. Indeed, PUBG Corp explains they wanted ‘to go beyond what players were asking for, so we didn’t want the map to be just a shooting range, but an open, living map where players can test a variety of skills to their heart’s content’.
The idea was to offer a safe space for beginners and veterans alike to either learn the basic skills required to play PUBG or hone in on specifics such as ‘navigation, looting, shooting, driving, and parachuting’.
Though very much subject to change due to the mode still being in development, the features scattered across the 2×2 km map are exhaustive to say the least. The mode will incorporate all aspects of PUBG from driving to parachuting, by way of target practice and vaulting.
PUBG Corp post does a good job of listing everything we can look forward to. The shooting area boasts 400m, 800m, and 1 km ranges with both standing and moving targets, either exposed or behind cover, as well as close combat zones and indoor areas to practice those fast paced frantic moments.
Weapons can be picked up from type specific tables, as can ammo, attachments and grenades. There’s a parachute practice area, a throwables range, a melee area, vaulting and parkour courses, as well as full blown tracks to practice off road driving, racing, stunts, and even boat races.
Of course Training Mode isn’t subject to the usual battle royale rules; no blue zone or roaming enemies to contend with. Players can spend as long as they want practicing in groups from 5 to 20 players.
As it stands, PUBG Corp have penciled in a September PC release for Training Mode though this is subject to change.