Update, April 2: Codename: Savage enters testing later today, and PUBG Corp have begun distributing keys.
The third map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still early in development, but as promised PUBG Corp want to offer early rounds of testing to collect community feedback. That first round starts tonight at 19:00 PDT / 23:00 EDT / 2:00 GMT.
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You’ll need a key to access the new experimental test server, and PUBG Corp have begun offering them through the official site. Keys are limited, so grab them while they last. You’ll have to confirm ownership of the game on Steam in order to get one, but otherwise there’s no apparent restriction while supplies last.
PUBG Corp say via a Steam Community update that “the test is limited in large part because Codename: Savage is still in early development—many parts are unfinished. That’s because we want to get the community involved early to drive development of the map in the right direction. Once we’ve gotten the map into a better state, we’ll run some other, bigger tests.”
Update, March 30: The next map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds goes into testing on April 2.
We knew the next PUBG map would soon be hitting test servers, and now we know exactly when. PUBG’s third map - now known as Codename: Savage - will open for testing on April 2 at 19:00 PDT / 23:00 EDT, or April 3 at 2:00 GMT. That test will run until April 5.
That’s a limited window, and the tests will only allow a limited number of players. Key distribution has not yet begun, and the developers say they’ll update their social channels on Monday with info on how to get in. The official announcement promises “The next test will be bigger!”
We’ve heard several times over now that this map is being displayed extremely early in development, and this first test is to “make sure that nothing is too broken.” The 4x4km map is far smaller than the previous two, and is built on a Pacific island aesthetic. A quick bit of gameplay footage from GDC offers an idea of what to expect.
Original story, February 20: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting a new map sooner than you might expect. A roadmap set to be released in March will include more details about a third in-game map.
In an announcement today, PUBG Corp revealed that a development roadmap, which community manager Sammie Kang promised in a tweet last week, will be revealed next month. That roadmap will cover the first half of 2018, which will “include a new map,” alongside other “development and new content plans.”
Developments have been delayed over the past few months as PUBG Corp say their “focus shifted towards tightening our anti-cheat effort.” They do, however, say that they “have a lot of exciting things that we want to share with you, including new content to provide more extensive battle royale experiences as well as improvements and modifications to create a deeper and more realistic gameplay.”
The update announced a few balance changes, including turning some Miramar fences into unbreakable walls, and cutting off vision into the plane during the initial ride. PUBG Corp also say that matchmaking will now be divided depending on ping, meaning users with lower pings will be prioritised during matchmaking. The first trials for this, which could prove pretty terminal for those playing in regions other than their own, will begin this week.
Players had to wait a long time for PUBG to get a second map - desert map Miramar joined Erangel with the game’s 1.0 release in December 2017. That means the wait for the third map will likely be significantly shorter - even if it doesn’t launch until June, that’s only a six or seven-month gap. PUBG Corp haven’t revealed anything more about the map, but it’s likely it’ll be Adriatic-themed, potentially adding much more water than Miramar’s desert.