Update, May 10: The new Sanhok map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be playable today, and it's had a big update since the last time it was available.
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The map's locations now all have their final names, and they've all received various improvements to give them a more distinct look. The developers have also added four new areas - Tambang, Lakawi, Na Kham, and Cave. We'd previously heard of this open cave system that players can parachute directly into, and it'll be playable later today. We've also got the first screenshot, which you can see below.
The recent weapon balance update has been applied, with further adjustments to item spawns in Sanhok itself, such as increasing the ratio of the M16A4 and AKM and decreasing the M416. There are also changes to the red zones so now they generally will not appear within safe zones. Perhaps most importantly, players can now throw apples in the opening area.
For further details you can view the full patch notes here.
Original story, May 8: The new map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, previously known as Codename: Savage, has got a new official name - Sanhok. It’ll be playable worldwide this Thursday.
The developers announced the new name on Steam. The map is influenced by islands around Thailand and the Phillippines, and the name ‘Sanhok’ is a combination of words in Thai and Filipino (Tagalog) meaning ‘fun’ and ‘chicken’. It’s actually pronounced with the two central letters reversed - ‘sah-nok’.
The map will be playable on test servers this Thursday, May 10 at 19:00 PDT / 22:00 EDT - that’s Friday May 11 at 03:00 BST - and will be available until Monday, May 14 at 04:00 PDT / 07:00 EDT / 12:00 BST. If you own PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds it should appear in your Steam library as ‘experimental server’.
Sanhok (previously Codename: Savage) will be open again for testing. Everyone who owns PUBG on Steam will have access to this round.— PLAY BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBG) May 7, 2018
Test begins: Thursday May 10, 7pm PDT / Friday May 11, 4am CEST
Test ends: Monday May 14, 4am PDT / May 14, 1pm CEST pic.twitter.com/oKseINakzX
We’ve learned a few details about Sanhok. It’s a more condensed map than Erangel and Miramar at only a quarter of the size, which should make for a more action-orientated game. There’s a cave system which players can parachute directly into, and the developers are implementing some major changes to how the Blue Zone operates. The developers say that Sanhok is “only a couple of months away”, so get the practice in while you can.