PUBG Patch 17.1 Has Restored Sanhok To Its Original Glory

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds patch 17.1 has now gone live on consoles, officially bringing it to all platforms. The latest update for the battle royale brings a newly reworked–or perhaps un-reworked version of Sanhok to the game, in a form that more resembles its original appearance. The patch also brings a new weapon, balance updates, and more.

PUBG’s Sanhok map was remastered back in 2020, but despite multiple tweaks and updates since, the community overwhelmingly preferred the map’s original form. As explained in the patch notes, multiple parts of the Sanhok map have been reverted to their pre-rework forms, including Bootcamp’s iconic lobster-shaped building, the Docks, the Ruins, and the Quarry. The map’s original blue-and-green look has also been restored.

As well as the visual updates, multiple more recent features are being removed including the Jammer Pack, the Decoy Grenade, and the Loot Truck. The studio has said that this won’t be the end to Sanhok updates, with the team “continuously discussing various methods on improving Sanhok moving forward.”

A new weapon, the ACE32 Assault Rifle has also been added to all versions of the game. In the patch notes, the developer explains that the ACE32 is a high stability, low recoil 7.62mm assault rifle that should be simple for players to master, intended to flesh out a weapon pool lacking in full-auto 7.62mm weapons. The new rifle will be available in every map, and all modes except esports mode custom matches.

The new update also ushers in Season 17 of PUBG’s ranked mode, so players should remember to pick up their rewards from the last season of ranked play, and start grinding towards the next one.

Patch Notes – Update 17.1

RETURN OF SANHOK

  • Bootcamp
    • One of Sanhok’s popular hot drops, this abandoned training facility returns with its representative lobster-shaped building.
  • Ruins
    • Drop back onto the roof of the daring chambers.
  • Docks (Previously Getaway)
    • Say goodbye to the touristy resort town and welcome back the cargo-rich docks!
  • Quarry
    • The reworks have also been undone to the flooded limestone quarry.
  • Bhan
    • The nameless set of houses has redeemed its original identity.
  • Apart from those listed above, Mongnai (previously Airfield) will also be returning along with the original Cave, Mountain, River, Pai Nan, Khao, Sahmee, and Kampong.
  • Certain textures from the current Sanhok map such as building walls, foliage, etc. have been applied.

The following features will be removed from the original Sanhok:

    • Jammer Pack
    • Decoy Grenade
    • Loot Truck

The following items will remain in the original Sanhok:

    • Weapons
      • M79
      • 40mm Smoke Grenade
      • Mk12
      • Panzerfaust
      • C4
    • Tactical Gear
      • Drone
      • EMT Gear
      • Spotter Scope
      • Tactical Pack
    • Other

NEW WEAPON: ACE32

  • The ACE32 will world spawn in every map.
  • Weapon slot: Primary weapon
  • Available modes
    • Normal Matches, Ranked Matches, Custom Matches, Sandbox Mode (PC), Training Mode
      • Unavailable in Custom Match – Esports Mode.
STAT VALUE
Weapon Class Assault Rifle (AR)
Ammo type 7.62mm
Fire modes Single, full-auto
Damage 43
Effective fire range 400
Muzzle velocity 720 m/s
Rate of fire (delay between shots) 680 RPM
Optical attachments Up to 6x Scope
Muzzle attachments All AR muzzles
Grip attachments All AR grips
Magazine attachments All AR mags
Stock attachments Tactical Stock

RANKED – SEASON 17

Enter the new era of Ranked – Season 17 this update! But first, remember to pick up your rewards you’ll be receiving based on your final Tier from the previous season:

TIER SEASON 16 REWARD LIST
Bronze Bronze PUBG ID Emblem
Silver Silver PUBG ID Emblem
Gold Gold PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin
Platinum Animated Platinum PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin
Diamond Animated Diamond PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin
Master Animated Master PUBG ID EmblemAnimated Master NameplateRanked Parachute Skin
Top 500 Bonus rewards for Top 500 players:Animated Top 500 PUBG ID EmblemAnimated Top 500 Nameplate
  • The Parachute Skin is a permanent reward.
  • The rest of the obtainable rewards are available for use during a single Ranked Season.
  • Rewards can be found in your Inventory once Season 17 starts.
  • Once Season 17 is over and the server undergoes maintenance, every reward but the Parachute Skin will be withdrawn from the Inventory.

NEW RANKED ITEMS

The following items will now also spawn in Ranked matches:

  • World Spawn
  • Care Package Spawn

RANKED LEADERBOARD

Set the minimum tier requirement for leaderboard entry to a minimum of Gold 5 for all regions.

TACTICAL GEAR

Recent feedback and metrics showed the Tactical Pack and Spotter Scope were overperforming than intended. To fix the low-risk high-return issue of being able to safely and instantly detect enemies with the Spotter Scope, we have decided to work on additional design and development features instead of simply balancing them out. Therefore, it is difficult to apply the Spotter Scope changes in time for this update but we are working to announce them in the next 17.2 update.

Additionally, as the Tactical Pack continues to show powerful performance, the following change has been made:

TACTICAL PACK

  • The Tactical Pack can no longer store other Tactical Gear (Drone, EMT Gear, Spotter Scope).

MAP SERVICE

Karakin will be replaced with the original version of Sanhok for this update’s Normal Match rotation. Erangel, Miramar, and Taego will continue to be permanent fixtures for Ranked.

  • Normal Match
    • Erangel / Miramar / Taego / Haven / Sanhok
  • Ranked
    • Erangel / Miramar / Taego

WORLD

  • Erangel
    • The team logo, photos, and trophy of the winners of PGC 2021, NewHappy, have entered the Hall of Fame.
    • Added billboards displaying the latest PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS news to certain areas such as the Starting Island, Shooting Range, Quarry, Georgopol, Pochinki, and more.
    • Fifth Anniversary decorations have been removed.
    • Removed building decorations hinting the original Sanhok update (have you noticed?).
  • Miramar
    • Removed building decorations hinting the original Sanhok update.

TRAINING MODE

  • Added ACE32 to the Training Helper.
  • The following items have been removed from the Training Helper as we’ve received many reports on their misuses of hindering other players’ activities on the training grounds.
    • Molotov Cocktail
    • BZ Grenade
    • C4
    • Sticky Bomb

ARCADE MODE – TEAM DEATHMATCH

  • Added ACE32 Spawn Kit to Team Deathmatch.
    • Items: ACE32, Dot Sight, Compensator (AR, DMR, S12K), Extended Mag (AR, DMR, S12K), Vertical Foregrip, Stock, Backpack (Lv.3), Helmet (Lv.1), Vest (Lv.1), Pan, Frag Grenade, Deagle, Holographic Sight, .45 ACP x30, 7.62mm ammo x150, 2x Scope, 3x Scope, 4x Scope, 6x Scope, Half Grip, Angled Foregrip, Thumb Grip, Lightweight Grip, Flash Hider (AR, DMR, S12K), Suppressor (AR, DMR, S12K)
  • Spawn Kit improvements
    • Added 60 additional 9mm ammo and Canted Sight to VSS Kit
    • Added 30 additional ammo of every ammo type to Designated Marksman Rifles (DMR) Kits (excluding VSS Kit)
    • Added 4x Scope to attachable Submachine Guns (SMG) Kits
  • The current Sanhok map has been removed from Team Deathmatch. But no worries – the original Sanhok will be added back in a later update.
  • With current Sanhok’s removal, the map matchmaking ratio for Team Deathmatch has been adjusted to the following:
    • Erangel 25 / Miramar 15 / Sanhok 0 / Vikendi 20 / Taego 40

CUSTOM MATCH

  • Removed Sanhok map from Custom Match – Team Deathmatch. The original Sanhok will be added back in a later update.
    • THERE IS CURRENTLY A KNOWN ISSUE WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO SELECT SANHOK IN CUSTOM MATCH – TEAM DEATHMATCH. HOWEVER, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY THE MAP UNTIL ORIGINAL SANHOK IS ADDED BACK.
  • Team Deathmatch Mode – Spawn Kit improvements
    • Added 60 additional 9mm ammo and Canted Sight to VSS Kit
    • Added 30 additional ammo of every ammo type to Designated Marksman Rifles (DMR) Kits (excluding VSS Kit)
    • Added 4x Scope to attachable Submachine Guns (SMG) Kits
  • Added spawn setting for ACE32.
  • (PC) Added spawn setting for ACE32 to Custom Match – Sandbox.

ANIMATION

  • Added falling animation to DBNOed characters when they fall from cliffs, buildings, etc.

UI/UX

  • Added weapon categories for ACE32 and Mk12 to Customize – Weapons.
  • (Console) Changed zoom in/out key for the preview screen in Customize to the following:
    • PlayStation®: R3 Button
    • Xbox: Right Stick Button
    • Stadia: Right Stick

BUG FIXES

GAMEPLAY

  • Fixed the issue of the Deploy Parachute interaction not showing up/working at high altitude.
  • Fixed the aim accuracy exceeding 100% once you start shooting at 0 seconds at the Aim Lab in Training Mode.
  • Fixed the occasional issue of vehicles spawning buried in the ground.
  • Fixed the issue of bots unable to recognize and/or go through Drones.
  • Fixed characters’ missing emote animation at a certain point in Death Cam.
  • Fixed the issue of teammates unable to Join Team Emote after winning a match.
  • Fixed the issue of being able to see another player at the indoor shooting range in Training Mode.
  • Fixed the issue of players dying instantly before getting DBNOed when reaching 0 HP at a certain location.
  • (PC) Fixed the occasional issue of the foggy Training Mode map.
  • (PC) Fixed the issue of a player’s Grenade throwing movement displayed differently from another player’s perspective.
  • (PC) Fixed the missing sound effect when using the Vending Machine for the first time.
  • (Console) Fixed the issue of being able to duplicate primary weapons stored in the Tactical Pack.

WORLD

  • Fixed collision, texture, performance, and more general issues in Erangel.
  • (PC) Fixed the abnormal texture in Taego when lowering texture quality at DirectX 11 Enhanced options.

UX/UI

  • Fixed the Custom Match session’s password settings getting reset after changing the session’s settings.
  • Fixed the issue of Haven displayed in all capitalized letters at the Random Map screen in NA Server.
  • Fixed the awkward title size in Training Mode when language is set to Arabic.
  • Fixed the missing list in the Training Helper when language is set to Arabic.
  • Fixed the issue of the end-of-match screen popping up twice when a Squad wins second place.
  • Fixed the issue of the missing character at the lobby after previewing an item at the Store.
  • Fixed the issue of the missing character and background after changing language settings at the lobby.
  • (PC) Fixed the Survivor Pass level up item’s “Cannot be refunded” message displayed in Korean regardless of the setting’s language.
  • (PC) Fixed the Survivor Pass level up item’s message popping up more than twice when used.
  • (PC) Fixed the awkward Score UI’s location when playing the Aim/Sound Lab at 21:9 aspect ratio.
  • (PC) Fixed the awkward System Menu location at 21:9 aspect ratio.
  • (PC) Fixed bots’ missing nicknames on their Nameplates in Match Report.
  • (PC) Fixed the issue of the slow transition to the Team Finder screen when players click Team Finder at the lobby.
  • (PC) Fixed the overlapping Training Helper UI when zooming in Training Mode’s minimap.
  • (Console) Fixed the missing Plus Pack/Starter Package from the Store.
  • (Console) Fixed the missing Xbox player’s profile when checking the received/sent friend request.
  • (Console) Fixed the activated category issue at the Store item category list when there are no available items.
  • (Console) Fixed the issue of players unable to interact with the buttons on the end-of-match screen.

ITEMS & SKINS

※ Clipping issue: Graphics that are shown outside the visible part of an image/object.

  • Fixed the issue where the female character’s hip turns transparent when equipping both JISOO’s BLACKPINK bottom items with the majority of top items.
  • Fixed the skirt’s clipping issue when equipping both JENNIE’s BLACKPINK Leggings with Sweet Threads Uniform.
  • Fixed the pant’s clipping issue when a female character equips both Rabbit Season Hoodie with PGC 2019 Combat Pants.
  • Fixed a female character’s Polar Bear Suit turning extremely dark in shadowy areas.
  • Fixed the missing lock icon in Event weapon skins’ lock settings.
  • Fixed the issue of certain parts of a dropped Mk47 Mutant with J0’s Mk47 Mutant skin equipped glowing.
  • Fixed the clipping issue when equipping both Sinister Skull Mask with the Wild Cat Hoodie.
  • Fixed the issue of RYAN’s Slippers turning transparent when equipping both RYAN’s Slippers with Divemaster Suit.
  • (PC) Fixed the issue where the character’s wrists turn transparent when equipping both NieR Replicant ver.1.22 – Kainé’s Dress with Tormented Knight Gloves.

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