PUBG is back with its first new map in a while, and it’s set in Korea. The new map, Taego, is part of the game’s 12.2 update, which also adds a self-revive item, a mini-battle royale to get you back into a match after you die, and dozens of other changes.
Taego is an 8-km-by-8-km map set in the Korean countryside. PUBG in-game unit lead Taehyun Kim said in an email interview with Polygon that the goal of this map was to show players the beauty of Korea, especially around the 1980s and ’90s.
The map is full of villages, towns, and even a maximum-security prison for players to explore. Even more importantly, for all the players that have missed PUBG’s larger maps, Taego has tons of open ground to fight over.
But while its size might be in line with that of traditional PUBG maps, a few of Taego’s other features are totally new for the game. For instance, the game’s new self-revive item, which allows downed players to get themselves up, is very different from anything the battle royale game has offered so far.
Taego also has a new mechanic called Comeback BR that will allow players who are eliminate during the first Blue Zone a chance at redemption. During Comeback BR — which is only available in Taego duos and squads matches — players who die during the first Blue Zone will be transported to the Comeback Arena, where they’ll attempt to outlast a timer in a mini BR match. If they survive the timer, they’ll return to the regular match.
This is a totally new mechanic for PUBG, but one that Kim said has been requested by players for a while now.
“We’ve frequently seen the feedback that we need to come up with a method to reduce the frustration of players defeated in the early game,” Kim told Polygon. “We also felt that there should be changes in meta that have been fixed. Comeback BR was developed to alleviate players’ frustration and help them to quickly join their team and to win a chicken dinner after they come back.”
For a full look at Taego and its new mechanics and weapons, as well as all the other changes in this patch, you can check out the full PUBG patch 12.2 notes. While you’re doing that, you can acclimate yourself with the game’s new name: Developer PUBG Studios is now calling it PUBG: Battlegrounds.