What are the new PUBG maps? A Microsoft trailer revealed a PUBG winter map and a Sanhok map release date at E3 2018 for the battle royale game.
Just as we were getting to know the 8x8km island map of Erangel and its desert-themed counterpart Miramar, we discover there are more PUBG new maps on the way. One of PUBG’s best features is its range of colossal maps - they are big enough to cater to different playstyles and feature an unmatched variety of combat scenarios for would-be military tacticians to overcome.
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One of the new PUBG maps will pull together a number of terrain types to create a scaled-down Adriatic setting, so expect some scenes from the Croatian and Albanian countryside. There will also be snowy parts of the new Adriatic map, as teased at the Microsoft's E3 2018 conference.
It's still in the early stages of development and PUBG Corp has been vague on the details, but a few interesting snippets of information have been revealed. Another new PUBG map is much, much smaller: a 4x4km island map designed to offer a much quicker battle royale experience.
So, to keep you in the loop, we are pooling together everything we know about the new PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds maps, including vehicles, release dates, and key landmarks.
PUBG new map: Sanhok
The latest PUBG roadmap update revealed a new map; a jungle-covered island roughly a quarter the size of the game’s current maps. The map has been through extensive tests and upgrades on the PUBG Experimental Test Server and has even got an official name: Sanhok. The 4x4km size means a much higher player density; the same 100 players crammed into a tiny space creates more intense match where there is no safe place to land.
The map is made up of one large island that’s divided into three playable zones by a forking river. There are a few sizable built-up areas and a smattering of unnamed villages, but unlike Miramar there is a lot more natural cover between each landmark. The busiest spots are Paradise Resort, Ruins, Bootcamp, and Ha Tinh, however, you can still expect to be dropping with a cluster of other players no matter which area you head towards.
As Sanhok is much smaller than the other PUBG maps, vehicles are much less important for escaping the circle. Similarly, the density of major loot spots means you will not have to travel far to get quality gear, although you will have to fight for it. Still, there are plenty of boats, motorbikes, and cars dotted around the map should you get caught out by the circle or need to escape a skirmish.
PUBG Sanhok map release date
The Sanhok release date is June 22. The launch of the PUBG new map was announced towards the end of Microsoft's E3 2018 conference, following extensive testing on the Experimental Test Server.
PUBG snow map
The PUBG roadmap also talks of another new map that is 8x8km in size, which the team hopes to get onto the Experimental Test Servers as quickly as possible. This could well be the much discussed Adriatic map, and we believe we got to see more of it during the PUBG E3 2018 trailer above.
During Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference, we got to see a snippet of what looks like a PUBG winter map, or part of the snowy cluster of mountains we expected to see in the upcoming Adriatic setting. Either way, we know that the PUBG snow map size will be “somewhere in between” that of Miramar and Sanhok - that’s 8x8km and 4x4km, respectively. Snowy terrain could bring about interesting gameplay wrinkles. For instance, we might be able to track the footprints of our opponents, but this is just speculation at the moment.
We’re not getting another full size map for the moment because 8x8km ones take “an inordinate amount of time” to complete.
Concept art for Destiny's Cosmodrome.
Only one key building has been mentioned: a massive, Soviet-era cosmodrome. Initially, Mr Unknown himself (or Brendan Greene, if you prefer) revealed to us that the cosmodrome would feature several massive buildings full of loot, but that the team have had to scale down their ambitions.
“I see [a level designer] work on the cosmodrome, and the guy who is working on the buildings - the first round of buildings he did were massive. You could host two or three whole battle royales within these buildings. They had 50 floors, they were gigantic, but they made the area look super cool. We did have to cut them down and make them more manageable so people did not run into a building and go ‘Fuck’. So much loot, so little time.”
Greene was keen to emphasise that “it is still very early” and the maps are continually changing. “We are still blocking out where towns will be, what the various points of interest will be. ”
PUBG snow map release date
Winter is coming to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and at a very suitable time: the PUBG snow map release date is winter 2018. There still sounds like there’s plenty of work still be done, but we’ll let you know once we get a specific launch date.