PUBG’s ranked mode finally hits test servers

Fans have been asking for a ranked mode to be added to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for a while now and now they’ve finally got one. The mode, which is currently only available for squads, is now available on the test server as part of patch 7.2.

Ranked mode replaces the previous Survival Title system, but it works a bit differently. Players will still be put through their paces in five placement matches, but after that their individual ranks will rise and fall after every match depending on their kills and assists, as well as their overall placement. However, players ranked Diamond or above will face a rank decay if they do not play ranked for a week or more to keep the upper tiers competitive.

Ranked is available in both FPP and TPP for a maximum of 64 players. Once the game is full, players will be dropped on either Erangel, Miramar, or Sanhok, where they can enjoy increased loot spawns with newly balanced weapons. It’s worth noting though that while you won’t encounter red zones in ranked, blue zones move much quicker.

Like many other competitive games out there, players will recieve rewards for the highest rank achieved that season.

In addition to ranked, the 7.2 update brings a number of other changes to the game. Shotguns have been buffed and the ARs have all been balanced. If you’re a M4A1 fan – and let’s be honest, who isn’t – then it’s worth noting that the gun has been nerfed quite significantly to bring it in line with the other guns out there.

Vests will no longer disappear when destroyed, so you won’t lose inventory space and gas cans can be used to set up traps now. Players can deliberately spill gas all over the floor and set it alight with a quick gun shot or a grenade, or chuck a can in the air and shoot it as someone comes round the corner.

Update 7.2 is available on the test server now. You can check out the full patch notes here.