There's a big update for PUBG out on PC today. The PC 1.0 Update #12 introduces a new vehicle, a complete weapons overhaul, some major map redesigns, and map selection.
PUBG developers previously explained that they would be working to rebalance all the weapons in PUBG. Part of the reason was because the developers found that certain weapons like ARs were favored in all situations, which came at the detriment of the other weapons in the game.
To fix this, PUBG released a new chart explaining the changes made to the game's weapons. At a glance, pistols have become more powerful while ARs became slightly less powerful, with some other tweaks (buffs and nerfs) for the rest of the game's weapons.
Look a little deeper and you'll find hat ARs can no longer be considered an "objective" best weapon compared to other guns. SMGs have become more effective in short-range combat, while shotguns have a bump in overall damage and range. There's also a new SLR weapon which is a powerful, recoil heavy DMR.
Some items like the level three helmet has also been moved to care packages, making them more exclusive for players who find them. A level three helmet is guaranteed in each care package.
PUBG Corp. is also working on fixing Miramar, the desert map that released to much fanfare only to face mounting criticism from the playerbase. A new vehicle called the Mirado has been introduced exclusively to Miramar. Described as a classic American muscle car, the Mirado is best on highways and roads, and adds to Miramar's diverse and exclusive vehicle roster.
As for Miramar itself, the size of the oasis has been increased and more buildings have been added to the surrounding area. Farming points and other small buildings have been added to help populate the map, while buildings in cities have been reduced to eliminate the clutter. Cities have also been cleared of some "excessive" cover points. Meanwhile environmental objects have been added to the map overall to help make open areas more strategic.
Finally there's also map selection. Players have been requesting a map feature for some time, though some of that was because of how unpopular Miramar was. Perhaps with the map changes to Miramar more players will be willing to battle it out on the desert map. Either way PUBG Corp. says that map selection is still a work-in-progress and will tinker with the system if necessary.
PUBG is currently on a huge development roll after promising more regular updates will be coming to the game. Part of that is surely in response to the rising popularity of competitor battle royale games like Fortnite which has huge mainstream appeal. PUBG creator Brendan Greene made it clear that efforts to improve PUBG will only increase in 2018.