New PUBG Xbox One Event Puts You Into Eight-Person Squads

Squad up.


Desert Knights returns to the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for the second weekend in a row. This time, the limited-time event features group queuing and incorporates new rules.

According to a blog post on PUBG's website, the second iteration of Desert Knights still takes place on Miramar. However, this time the event features 24 players instead of 20, and everyone is divided into three groups of eight. You'll drop with level three vests, helmets, and backpacks already equipped, as well as a care package weapon, first aid kit, random sidearm, and two grenades.

Knocking out or killing opponents nets your team three points, and the first team to reach 150 points--or has the highest score by the end of the time limit--wins the match. Matches have been extended from 12 minutes to 15. Unlike in PUBG's normal battle royale, if you die in Desert Knights, you'll eventually respawn. Killed players are thrown back into the plane 30 seconds after their death and have to try and safely drop back onto the battlefield. There are only a few safe zones on Miramar during Desert Knights, which are mapped out in the image below.

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Several of PUBG's normal features are disabled during Desert Knights. No care packages will drop on the battlefield during a Desert Knights match, and the red zone won't appear either. Dynamic weather is turned off, so you'll always play on Miramar during sunrise. There's no friendly fire in Desert Knights either.

Desert Knights is already live on Xbox One, and will continue throughout the weekend. The event ends September 30, 7 PM PDT / September 31, 4 AM CEST. PUBG will reiterate and improve the event each week based on community feedback.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is available on Xbox One and PC, and there are rumors the game is coming to PS4 as well.

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