PUBG Corp has announced plans to remaster the maps in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and tweak loot drops, as well as loot placements, in upcoming updates.
According to a statement from the game's developers, Erangel will be the first area to get a facelift. Also, while the map's theme will remain untouched - it will still be an island with forests and fields - building placement is likely to undergo a change.
Fans suspected that alterations were afoot after noticing compounds on the Erangel mini-map that weren't there before, when images from the game's test server leaked. After a period of silence, PUBG Corp has confirmed that remastering is in the pipeline.
"As some of you inferred from some recent leaks of a map image, we are working on new ways to balance loot and otherwise improve our maps, Erangel being the first," a statement from the developers reads. "The addition of compounds is just one way we’re testing internally, but is certainly not the ONLY way."
"We understand that loot balance is a very important part of the game but also recognize that the map layout is just as important, so we’re working hard to ensure that any changes made to either will feel good when completed," said the statement. "We plan to start testing several potential changes to Erangel soon, and will share our plans for these tests in the coming weeks."
The changes are still in the early stages and nothing has been finalized yet, so the images that were leaked last week could look very different from the end product. The dev team has also told players that more information will be shared in the weeks to come and that their feedback will be required when the remastered map hits the test server again.
"Keep in mind that leaked images are usually just a snapshot in time and rarely represent the entire plan or scope of what’s being worked on," the statement adds.
"That said, we’re excited for you to see the full picture, along with the level of thought and work the team has been putting into remastering this fundamental map. More importantly, we’re excited to test it alongside you. Your feedback will be crucial in making Erangel as fun and exciting in the current PUBG environment as it was when we first launched."
We'll have to wait and see what more PUBG Corp has in store for fans.