PUBG has shared the first part of its 2021 Dev Plan, revealing that this year will see a remaster of Miramar, the addition of respawns, and two new 8×8 maps – Codename: Tiger and Codename: Kiki.
In an exclusive interview with IGN, PUBG creative director Dave Curd explained how 2021 is building off PUBG’s difficult but rewarding 2020. Despite the pandemic and all the challenges that came along with it, PUBG was able to debut three new Battlegrounds: Karakin, Paramo, and Haven. It was also able to rework Vikendi and Sanhok and release both Team Deathmatch and Ranked Mode.
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Looking forward, Curd says that Miramar is one of the early focuses for 2021, and while its updates are going to be more visual in nature, the team is also making changes that will make gameplay more exciting on PUBG’s second-ever map.
“Miramar has always enjoyed this kind of place in our fan’s heart for its rugged, off-road, inhospitable terrain, and the wide-open spaces that make it open season for snipers,” Curd said. “Miramar is really good as it is. So what we wanted to do was give it the updated visuals.”
There will be new weather sets for clear, overcast, sunrise, and sunset. The building interiors will also be relit to be more realistic, and terrain textures will be updated to give a better first impression.
Gameplay-focused changes include removing junk from in front of windows that previously stopped “really cool peeking gunfights or easy vaulting out of windows.” A ton of clutter has also been removed as “players don’t like seeing round, coke bottle shapes that kind of look like pills at first glance but then aren’t.”
For buildings that are 3-5 stories high like in Los Leones, the team has also closed a few of the windows. “We’ve learned that players get a little too freaked out when they look up and see like 16 jet-black holes and don’t know where the sniper is. So we’re trying to close a few more of those windows and lure players into the town knowing that they don’t have to be the world’s best shot to call out targets,” Curd says.
These visual improvements also allow for more of PUBG’s lore to shine. For example, the legacy bunker in the southeastern quadrant of the map has been “totally redone to better reflect the story we wanted to tell,” which appears to hint at the smuggler’s presence in that area. The team has also created more exit points in buildings, and this will hopefully encourage more exploration as “you’ll be able to get out of the blue zones no matter how they break.”
Miramar will also be getting a new vehicle in the Quad — PUBG’s take on the ATV. While it has a relatively low top speed, it has “insane acceleration, insane off-road handling, and a crazy turn radius.” Curd called it a “stunt machine,” and it even allows players to perform emote stunts while riding it.
There will also be a new sniper called the Lynx AMR, which is short for Lynx Anti-Material Rifle. This is a crate-only weapon that won’t spawn often and only has 5 rounds, but it is capable of vaporizing a player or blowing up a vehicle with just a few shots. Curd even teased that it can penetrate a BRDM’s windshield and headshot a player that is usually well-protected.
While the Quad and the Lynx AMR will only be available on Miramar, Curd said they may make their way to other maps if people like them enough.
Codename: Tiger Is a Map That Honors PUBG’s Korean History and Allows for Respawns
Codename: Tiger will be the first new 8×8 Battleground in three years that not only will be home to PUBG’s first respawn feature, but will also honor PUBG’s Korean history.
Games like Call of Duty: Warzone have given players the ability to come back to life after an initial defeat, and now PUBG is testing that out in Codename: Tiger. While the team isn’t quite ready to talk about how respawning will work, it should be a welcome change for those who love a second chance.
While that’s an exciting addition, one of the things Curd and the team are most proud about in regards to Codename: Tiger is that it is based on Korea.
“For those of our readers and viewers that might not be aware, PUBG is a triumph of Korean game development,” Curd explained. “It’s their biggest game of all time, so there’s this real patriotic pride they have in this game. They really wanted to honor their homeland and show off a version of their world that isn’t traditionally seen in games. While respawn is really exciting, I’m just as excited for this new setting, the beautiful fall color, the novel architecture, and more. ”
Codename: Kiki is another 8×8 map that is planned for late 2021/early 2022, and it will boast a “diverse set of locations, from mysterious underground labs to massive skyscrapers to swampland to subways to underwater buildings.” This will be the most exploration-focused Battleground yet, showcasing many of the gameplay innovations the team has been working on, but aren’t quite ready to talk about.
“This is going to be a Battleground that is much more of a living, feral, hostile world, and less a playground,” Curd said. “That is the mission statement of Kiki – deeper and more immersive — and it gives you a much wider range of things to try. You still got to get to the end, you still got to kick a lot of ass, and you still gotta get those headshots, but the things you can do in the downtime, the way you can explore, the ways you can traverse, will be new.”
While the first part of PUBG’s 2021 Dev Plan is focused on the new maps, the second part will be shared in the near future and will showcase many of the core gameplay and service updates fans can look forward to this year.
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