It seems PUBG Corp. have been saving all of their PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) news until this week as not one, but three big updates have come to the popular battle royale game.
First up comes a big teaser for a brand new 4x4km map. Yeah, one that’s much, much smaller than the first two maps currently available in the game. This teaser came out of GDC last week and shows a much more compact and denser map than previous maps had to offer. The map is set to arrive on the Test Server next month.
Those who jump on the test server when it’s live will find an “intense and faster-paced Battle Royale experience” offering more fire fights than before and much quicker matches.
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Next up is the next big cosmetic update for the game. While we’ve been able to purchase crates for some time now, they’ve only really offered customisation in terms of new clothing. However available now is a brand new crate which offers weapon skins.
This new system gives players the chance to customise their weapons’ appearance with an array of different skins and sprays found in two new crates: Triumph and Raider.
The Triumph crate is a random weekly crate that can only be opened with keys purchased from Steam. The Raider crate is a non-random loot box which doesn’t require a key to unlock. It is however worth noting that duplicate weapon skins can be acquired through these crates – even the premium crate – which will likely earn you a few cents through the Marketplace if you feel so inclined.
In addition to this, to celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary, anyone who signs into the game between now and May 1, 2018 week maintenance, will get the Year One – SCAR-L.
Finally, the biggest announcement around PUBG is the region-locking measures being put in place – something players have been calling for, for some time now ever since the game launched in China and saw servers being flooded by hackers and cheaters.
“One of the solutions we are considering is operating servers so that only those players who reside in that region can connect and play,” PUBG Corp. wrote in a Steam Forum post. “Through this new approach we are aiming to provide a better gameplay experience as it will improve network issues and help with linguistic barriers.”
This will of course make players very, very happy.