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A Closer Look At PUBG’s New Desert Map Screenshots

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This morning, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene shared some new screenshots of the forthcoming desert map and we can’t stop obsessing over what’s to come.

If you’re a PC gamer, you’ve definitely heard of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as it is the most played game on Steam. The 100 player battle royale-style shooter has exploded in popularity since it’s release into early access in March of this year. The game currently only boasts one massive map, but a second is on the way, and it’s desert-themed. The new map was initially announced by Brendan on Twitter back in July and stirred up a lot of questions by hardcore PUBG players.


The new images showcase a landscape that’s quite a bit more developed than what we’ve seen previously, with multiple multi-story buildings in various states of deconstruction and disrepair, warehouses, a low-slung shopping plaza, and crumbling streets running through it. There’s also what is very clearly a prison – a fan favorite – and a more open desert area that features very high environments, perfect for sniping.

The new screenshots promise a good mix of environments in the new map, while some features are warmly familiar, such as watchtowers, plenty of foliage for cover and if the run down vehicles are any indication, maybe we will also be getting some new vehicles with this map.

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The title has been confirmed for Xbox on and will be available on Xbox Game Preview December 12th, giving console gamers the full PUBG experience and all it has to offer. The game is also expected to get a new mechanics – vaulting and climbing – in the coming weeks.

The current test server operation plan for PUBG Corp. is to roll it out in three phases. The first phase will be to focus on testing vaulting and climbing. The second phase will do more of the same, but also test other new content and features, like new vehicles and a 3D replay system. The third and final phase will include all new content, plus the brand new desert map.

PUBG Corp. stated that the testing period for all of the new content will need to be at least two to four weeks. “It will be very difficult for us to provide a stable service if we rush updates to live servers after short bursts of testing.”

Are you excited about what’s coming in PUBG?