PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will 'soon' get map selection

Doris Richards
April 20, 2018

This was such a seemingly simple addition that it is kind of mind boggling why it has taken so long.

Microsoft has detailed that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is available free-to-play for Xbox One owners for the first time, which will allow players to hop in and experience the battle royale for themselves free of charge for a limited time. "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". It did say that the map selector is nearly finished, and that it'll be put on PUBG's test server soon, with a launch on the live servers to follow shortly after.

PUBG Corp has gone on record to state that the reason the feature was omitted was that it would cause matchmaking issues.

While that may not be a concern in regions where PUBG is super popular, like here in the U.S. or in China, implementing a map selector could potentially increase matchmaking times in other regions that aren't quite so populated. If players have more than one of the three maps selected, the game will choose one of the selected maps at random at the start of each match, similarly to how the game has previously operated.

"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.

The console's "early access" version of the 100-person, massive-arena shooter is now free to download and play so long as you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber.

PUBG is out now for PC and Xbox One. Of course, considering that the Xbox version of the game still only has one map, it's not really an issue at the moment.

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