Despite previously saying that it would not allow PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players to choose which map they play on, developer Bluehole Studio has announced that it will add the option to the game after launch.
Based on feedback, the developer revealed that it will give players the choice of which map they play on after the launch of version 1.0 on PC, but warned that having the choice of maps across all available modes could cause issues with long queue times or matches starting with less than 100 players outside of peak times. Read the developer’s full statement on the issue below:
Our original idea was “this is Battle Royale and players should be able to survive in any environment”. This is why weather was made to be random together with which map is being played on. But we heard your feedback – we understand that you see the new map as an almost separate mode. So we came to the conclusion that it is best to allow our players to choose which map they want to play on. However, we have 3 team modes and 2 perspectives – TPP and FPP. Adding map selection will result in there effectively being 12 game modes in total. You also need 100 players to fully experience Battle Royale.
When all these factors are combined, it could be very difficult to offer a seamless experience 24/7 to players looking for matches. In some regions with smaller player bases, many issues are already expected to occur; queueing times could be extremely lengthy, matches may not start at all, matches may start with a number of players that is much lower than 100 in off-peak times. Despite these circumstances, our development team has decided to listen to our community’s feedback. We need some time to address the anticipated problems and technical issues, so maps will not be selectable right after PC 1.0 release. However, we will do our best to add the feature and required systems as soon as we can, so you can enjoy Battle Royale in the map of your choice.
Earlier today, it was announced that PUBG will be getting 3D Replay and killcam features with the release of version 1.0 on December 20th on PC.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on Xbox One and PC.