PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is finally adding map selection. The long-awaited feature, which players have been asking for since the release of the game’s desert map, will head to the Test Server soon.
In an announcement on Steam, PUBG Corp aknowledge that the feature is “something that players all over the world have continuously asked for,” but say that there were a few problems that they needed to work around.
The first of those was figuring out if map selection would harm matchmaking times across different servers and modes. This was the team’s “most troubling issue,” as they had to make sure the system would work for everyone, including players on servers with naturally low populations. The second problem stemmed from a need to make the system as beneficial as possible for everyone.
Several versions of the feature were reportedly scrapped, but PUBG Corp have now settled on a format. The current UI will be somewhat similar to the way map selection works in games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where players have the option to select or deselect maps as they please. If you pick more than one map, the game will choose one at random for your next game.
Work on the feature is reportedly almost complete, and PUBG Corp say “we plan to release it soon after implementing it on the test server.” It looks as though the new Savage map will not be included as part of the feature on release.