New PUBG Map Will Be Smaller, Deadlier

Nettie James
March 10, 2018

The most obvious point to make about it is that this new map is, of course, smaller than the other two maps Erangel and Miramar that already exist - with both of those coming in at 8 kilometres by 8 kilometres, to this one's four by four.

The patch also contains a long list of bugfixes, including fixes for players getting stuck on the map, the ability to crawl abnormally fast, vehicle physics tweaks that prevent causing unexpected deaths and various user interface tweaks.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was one of the smash hits of 2017, and now in a new roadmap posted on the game's official website we've got some idea of what lies ahead for the future, including for the esports scene, which has up till now only had a select few tournaments like those at the Intel Extreme Masters events in Oakland and Katowice, not to mention Gamescom and TwitchCon.

Tweaks like new building textures and game stability should create a more distinct world that's also less laggy, while the addition of emotes will be flawless for pissing off enemies. The new, smaller island map that is created to increase the pace of the game?

PUBG Roadmap 2018

PUBG also teasing new game modes for later in 2018, but doesn't go into detail about what those modes may entail. You'll also be able to get new rewards in the form of weapon and parachute skins. The post also references shorter matches, but it's left unclear whether that's a lower time limit or matches ending sooner due to the aforementioned changes to player density.

Animations are also going to be improved with an overhaul of the game's TPP and FPP animation systems which they say will make them "smoother and more reactive to the environment".

Outside of direct gameplay changes, PUBG still hard at work.

Stability, optimization, and security are still paramount to PUBG Corp., with the battle to combat cheaters and hackers still going on every day. Therefore, the game studio plans to rework the shooter's replay system and possibly add a live spectator tool, which is intended for the commentators during a match. The patch is now available via the game's test servers. Also at issue is the lack of a more specific release schedule, perhaps betraying PUBG Corp.'s lack of dedication to these plans.

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