PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds new map is making its way back to test servers, but this time, it's returning with a new name.
Initially titled “Codename: Savage”, the island map that significantly decreases in scale from the game’s two other maps – coming in at a quarter of the size – will henceforth be known as “Sanhok”, inspired by the Southeast Asian island scenery that the map provides.
In fact, the name itself comes from a combination of two Southeast Asian words:
Sanhok (pronounced “sah-nok”) combines สนุก (pronounced like “sah-nook”), taken from the Thai word for “fun,” and manok (pronounced like “mah-nok”), which is the Filipino (Tagalog) word for “chicken.”
“Fun chicken?” Makes sense to us!
Beyond the official name of the map, the team of PUBG Corp. will also be unveiling…a really big hole. In a move that will surely lead to mass amounts of players and chaos in one area of the tiny map, the team will be adding a giant hole that players can skydive into, leading to an underground cave system with plenty of escape routes. There has also been talk of rolling out new weapons and vehicles. No details have been released as to when the cave and other new features will be added to the map, other than they will all be rolled out in the next few rounds of the testing phases.
Speaking of test phases, the next round of testing on Sanhok will officially be available to anyone owning a copy of PUBG. The development team is, as they state, “turning the Closed Experimental Server into the ‘Experimental Server.’” Testing is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 10th, at 7pm PDT, ending Monday, May 14th, at 4am PDT.
The go-live launch of the new map is still a couple of months away. It is wise of the PUBG team to open up the testing phase to all players to allow for as much feedback as possible; not just from those in a closed-testing environment. As buggy and issue-laden as the game has been in the past, this decision will hopefully allow for the PUBG team to knock out most of the major, known issues well before the map officially launches.