PUBG Corp. announced today that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' upcoming 4x4km map will begin testing next week. Players will be able to try out the new map on test servers starting on April 2 through April 5.
The map, Codename: Savage, will be available to a limited number of players with PUBG Corp. distributing keys at a later date. The company says an official announcement will go out on Monday with more details about the test. The company promises that "The next test will be bigger!" Suggesting that plenty of players will be able to try out Codename: Savage.
PUBG Corp. cautions that the Codename: Savage map is still very early in development, and that the first test really is just a first test. The smaller map is meant to speed up the typical PUBG game, and has a southeast Asia theme, featuring three small, connected islands. Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene gave the first real look at the map at GDC 2018.
PUBG Corp. first announced the 4x4 island map in March when the company outlined its 2018 content roadmap. In our GDC interview with Greene and PUBG Corp CEO CH Kim, promised more transparency with development, starting with the 4x4 map.
Our PUBG review praised the game's revolutionary new gameplay style, but in recent months PUBG has come under fire for being overrun by cheaters. PUBG Corp. plans on tackling this problem by imposing a kind of soft region lock on the game where friends from different regions can still play with one another.
The Codename: Savage test times begin on April 2 at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET and will last until April 5 at an unannounced time.