The first beta testing period for the next PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds map, known as Codename: Savage, is already underway, but PC players will get more chances to try it out soon.
The Codename: Savage map, which is smaller than the two currently available PUBG maps, is part of the Battle Royale-inspired shooter's roadmap for 2018.
How Can 'PUBG' Players Join The Codename: Savage Beta Test?
The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds anniversary video provided gamers their first look at the new PUBG map, which measures 16 square kilometers compared to the 64-square-kilometer area of the current maps. A few days later, PUBG Corp. announced that beta testing will soon start for Codename: Savage.
The beta testing for Codename: Savage has already started, though, with all test codes already distributed as PUBG Corp. wants to keep the population small. The first testing session will run until April 5, 7 am ET.
PUBG players should not worry, though, as there will be more chances to try out the new map in the near future. Players will have to wait for PUBG Corp. to open more testing windows, which will be announced through the official PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds forums.
Once the additional testing sessions are announced, players will have to sign up though the dedicated beta testing page for PUBG maps. Players interested in trying out Codename: Savage will simply have to link their Steam account, which should already include PUBG in its list of games. The player's profile should also be public.
In the Codename: Savage map, players are expected to run more often into one another, for a change of pace compared to the current PUBG games that tend to last longer while players wait for the Blue Zone to do its thing. This will lead to more PUBG matches with shorter times.
What Comes Next After The New 'PUBG' Map?
In the 2018 plans for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it was revealed that there will be another map coming this year to the game. However, unlike Codename: Savage, the fourth PUBG map will feature the default, larger size of the Erangel and Miramar maps.
Among the other things that PUBG players can expect this year are better character animations and sound effects, plus new game modes, weapons, and vehicles.
PUBG Corp. is aggressively improving the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds experience primarily to keep in step with Fortnite, its rival in the Battle Royale genre. Fortnite has already achieved the status of brands such as ESPN trying to ride on the tails of its popularity, though, so PUBG looks like it has some catching up to do.