PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) players looking for faster-paced matches will be happy to hear that a newer, smaller map is in testing. Codenamed Savage, the map is set in a tropical paradise and is notable because it’s a 4x4km, or half the size of Erangel and Miramar.
Before you hop into a match, however, you’ll have to sign up to play it. The map will go live on PUBG’s new Experimental Test Server later Monday night, with testing to close on April 5. The limited test is designed to get feedback from the community.
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“The test is limited in large part because Codename: Savage is still in early development—many parts are unfinished,” PUBG Corp. wrote in a blog post on Monday. “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.”
The new map was only just announced last month, so it’s no surprise to hear it isn’t finished. And it makes sense for PUBG Corp. to practice more caution with the newest map. The response to Miramar, PUBG’s desert map, was mostly negative, with some going as far as deleting the game’s Miramar files to avoid playing on it.
Testing the new map will allow players to have an active role in shaping how Savage plays. It’s an important release not only because it’s set in a new location, but because of its size, which is a first for PUBG.
It’s unclear how a 4x4km map will affect gameplay, but one can imagine more frequent and chaotic gunfights as players are forced into smaller spaces.
To sign up for testing, you need to link your Steam account to get a beta code. The map will officially be available to test tonight at 7 p.m. PDT.