PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds rocketed into the spotlight in no time due to its fast paced battle arena-style free for all combat. While its wide open spaces and long match times are part of the appeal for most players, some might be turned off of the game because of these features, finding them too inhospitable or slow paced for newcomers. It appears that the developers have a solution in the works for these types of players, with a new game mode set to begin testing next month.
This new map will be a 4 kilometer-by-4 kilometer area, intended to make the game more fast paced and “intense”, remedying one of the major problems some have with the more traditional gameplay on the normal 8-by-8 maps (that being the large amount of waiting or wandering around looking for other players). At the same time it is released, another 8-by-8 map will seemingly be put out, as well.
Not much is currently known about the smaller map outside of the fact that it will be smaller than what players are used to. The developers have mentioned that it will be designed after locations in southeastern Asia, but not much else has been said about aesthetics beyond that.
Additionally, the devs are planning to allow users test the new map early in April, wanting to give players something fun as a way to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary. PUBG Corp.’s CEO, Chang Han Kim, has said this comes out of a desire to, essentially, get back to the game’s roots during development in Steam Early Access, giving players the chance to help in development through testing new features and giving feedback prior to official releases.