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Here’s a look at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ new 4x4 map

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PUBG’s smaller, “more intense” map was teased at GDC today

A new, and smaller than usual map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be available to try out in early April, the developer announced today. Chang Han Kim, CEO and executive producer at PUBG Corp., and Brendan Greene, creative director for PUBG, confirmed that players will get their hands on the map via test servers soon.

“Today we are happy to announce that our public testing phases for our new map will begin in early April,” Kim said in a video posted today to celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary. “We would like to go back to the days of when we were developing the game and pursuing open development once more, testing this game with our players and completing it together with you guys.”

“The first step in that is getting the 4-by-4 map in your hands much earlier, so we can get your feedback and really improve the map early in development, so when we finally release it it’s the best it can be,” Greene said.

Greene spoke at the annual Game Developers Conference today and offered attendees a sneak peek at the map, which will be smaller than the existing maps in PUBG. It will measure 16 square kilometers (4 km by 4 km), instead of the 64 square kilometers of the game’s other maps. He described the map as having a “southeast Asian feel” and said it’s going to be “much more intense” because of its smaller size.

PUBG Corp. said the smaller map (and another regular-sized map) are coming to PUBG as part of the game’s 2018 development roadmap.