PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will soon let players choose which maps they do and don’t want to play on, an option that fans of the battle royale shooter have been asking for for months.
Map selection will come to PUBG’s PC test server soon — PUBG Corp. said “Work on the feature is almost complete” — and roll out to the live game shortly after. With a third map on the way, it’s certainly the right time. Players will only want more control over which maps they jump into, given that the in-development map, Savage, is a very different experience.
PUBG Corp. said it was careful about adding the option due to concerns about impacts to matchmaking.
“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,” the developer said in a post on Steam. “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.”
You can see PUBG’s map selection option interface in the screenshot above. Here’s a basic explanation of how it works:
You can select the maps you want to play with a click.
If you don’t want to play a map, simply unselect it.
If you’ve selected more than one map, the game will randomly pick one for you each time you start a match.
There’s no word from PUBG Corp. on when map selection will be available on Xbox One, but that hasn’t been much of a concern for console players of PUBG. The Xbox One version won’t get the game’s second map, Miramar, until May.