PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds is finally going to allow players to choose which map they play on before the match.
The PUBG team are working to add a map selection function to the game’s test servers soon. The developers have stated that the feature is “almost complete” and that it should be available on the game’s servers shortly after the fine-tuning is done. If you’re wondering why such a seemingly obvious feature was missing from the game in the first place, it’s because the PUBG team felt that it could drastically impact matchmaking. If a particular map is popular – or just new – it could eat up the majority of player interest and leave others in the cold.
However, PUBG‘s developers believe that they’ve finally figured out a way to mitigate the potential impact of a map selection option.
“We analyzed tens of millions of matches and sorted the data by server, mode, and time to make sure map selection wouldn’t break the game for anyone,” said the developer via a recent Steam post. “We wanted to make sure that we could create a solution that worked for every region’s players, even the ones with a naturally low server population.”
The selection process itself is very simple. Prior to queuing into a match, you can select which maps you’d like to play on. If you’d rather just play one specific map, you have that option, but you can also select multiple maps and the game will choose which one you actually queue into at random. It sounds pretty elegant, which makes it a shame that the option will only be available on PC in the near future. Of course, considering that the Xbox version of the game still only has one map, it’s not really an issue at the moment.
Speaking of new maps, PUBG‘s latest map – Codename: Savage – will reportedly feature a new underground cave system when the final version of the area is available on live servers. You’ll actually be able to parachute directly into the tunnels when you enter the map, and the tunnels themselves will feature multiple exists that span the entire area of the map. This tunnel system should help expand the scope of Savage somewhat as it currently stands as the smallest map in the game.