Just as we were getting to know the 8x8km island map of Erangel, we discover there are two new PUBG maps in the works: the first PUBG new map will be set in a desert in South America, the second forthcoming PUBG map will pull together a number of terrain types to create a scaled-down Adriatic setting. So far, we have only been treated to images and brief descriptions of the new PUBG maps, from teasing tweets to hands-on previews.
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So, to keep you in the loop, we are pooling together everything we know about both forthcoming PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds maps, including vehicles, release dates, and key landmarks.
PUBG desert map
When we first heard about the forthcoming PUBG desert map, we were concerned it would be too open and barren to support the variety of playstyles that makes PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds such a refreshing multiplayer game. While far from complete - large areas of the map are completely blank or in need of optimisation - the new PUBG desert map will be 8x8km in size, and feature multiple urban spaces and hilly areas that should serve as ideal hunting grounds for snipers and players who are fond of ambushes.
Datamining, which was carried out in September, has revealed what appears to be a detailed version of the upcoming PUBG desert map, including town names, geographical features, and hints at key locations. You can see the map below, but if it is a closer look you are after then here is a larger, high-res version too. While this image comes with a number of sizeable caveats - it is the result of datamining and is thus subject to sweeping changes - it does provide us with some clues as to what types of locales we will be scrapping in when the new PUBG map arrives.
For starters, there is a massive river hugging the south-east corner of the map, so this will not be a completely arid slog. Instead, craters are the major assets breaking up this massive expanse of land - you can see two massive craters on the map, one of which is the size of a major town. Aside from major settlements, there are also a few notable spots like Prison in the south-west corner, Cartel Mansion in the middle, and Military Base in the north-east. The map also features a massive town called Hard Luck, which is roughly four times larger than Erangel’s well-known Pochinki settlement.
PC Gamer went hands-on with the new map and reported coming across massive craters with towns in them and a still-in-development military base, which are features that are also present in the datamined map.
In November, Brendan Greene released a bunch of screens for the PUBG desert map that show off a few of the rumoured locations, such as a prison and a city. The images show a lot more polish than initial screens of the PUBG new map, with details like neon signs, store fronts, and heaps of vegetation. The image of the city (above) is particularly interesting, as you can get a sense of how huge the urban sprawl is thanks to the destroyed vehicles littering the main road. The prison (below) is a curious site, however, as it appears to have been repurposed as a farm - no doubt sharpshooters will flock to that lookout tower.
It also seems like there will be plenty of greenery and natural cover in the PUBG desert map than we initially thought. Hopefully, that means you will be able to employ the same tactics here that you have mastered in Erangel.
Later in November, we gratefully gobbled up some more PUBG desert map screenshots - this time courtesy of Nvidia.
With the magic of datamining - from Redditor bizzfarts - we now have a wider view of the PUBG new map.
You can get a larger view of the minimap here.
PUBG desert map release date
While we only have a rough PUBG new map release date, the good news it is due out this year. During a livestream, Bluehole revealed that version 1.0 of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds would launch in December 2017. The PUBG desert map is promised to accompany the game when it leaves Early Access.
PUBG Adriatic map
We know a lot less about the upcoming PUBG Adriatic map, but a few details about it can be gleaned from a forum FAQ on the official PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds site. It says the upcoming map is the same size as the original island map, Erangel, and located on an island in the Adriatic Sea. At its centre is a snowy cluster of mountains, offering the game’s millions of players somewhere they can finally wear those puffer jackets looted from all over Erangel. There will also be a stretch of Mediterranean coastline and a dense forest section of the map.
In terms of key buildings, only one has been mentioned: a massive, Soviet-era cosmodrome. Initially, Mr Unknown himself (or Brendan Greene, if you prefer) revealed to us that the cosmodrome would feature several massive buildings full of loot, but that the team have had to scale down their ambitions.
Concept art for Destiny's Cosmodrome.
“I see [a level designer] work on the cosmodrome, and the guy who is working on the buildings - the first round of buildings he did were massive. You could host two or three whole battle royales within these buildings. They had 50 floors, they were gigantic, but they made the area look super cool. We did have to cut them down and make them more manageable so people did not run into a building and go ‘Fuck’. So much loot, so little time.”
Sounds exciting, but Greene was keen to emphasise that “it is still very early” and the maps are continually changing. “We are still blocking out where towns will be, what the various points of interest will be. On the Adriatic map, we have this really cool cosmodrome in mind, with a ruined shuttle half-falling.”
Sounds incredible, but it will be some time before we see the map in action as Greene has said the upcoming Adriatic map is not yet in production.
PUBG Adriatic map release date
Nope, nothing to report on here - sorry. A map of this size takes a very, very long time to make and is not even in production yet, so do not expect to be playing it until Q4 2018.
That is everything we know about both PUBG new maps. If there is anything we have missed then please drop us a line in the comments below.