For those in need of honing their battle royale prowess to experience the sweet taste of victory, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is coming out with just the thing to help get you closer to that chicken dinner.
In an effort to continue Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds “Fix PUBG” campaign, PUBG Corp and Bluehole Studio - the team behind the popular game - will be releasing a new training mode map in September.
The training mode map will allow 5-20 players to practice their skills, including everything from parachuting tactics, to vehicle handling, to taking advantage of the map’s shooting range. The size of the map will be the smallest of the game’s three other maps, coming in at 2x2 km. For reference, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds “Mini Royale” map, Sanhok, is twice that size at 4x4 km.
The goal of the training map project, as stated by Dave Curd - World Team Lead, PUBG Madison - was to cater to the full spectrum of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players:
“New players should be able to understand the basics of navigation, looting, shooting, driving, and parachuting. Casual players should have fun experimenting in our expansive playground environment - stunt driving, boat racing, and exploring the island to find all its locations. More serious players should enjoy learning about deeper gunplay - how the attachments, scopes, recoil, zeroing, and bullet-drop influence their shots.”
If you are wondering why a training mode was not available with the game’s initial release, you’re not alone. It has been a learn-on-the-fly situation for understanding Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ techniques, strategies, and overall gameplay dynamics, which, for some reason, seems to be the standard procedure for the battle royale genre. For example, rival Fortnite also had no training mode until it was finally released this past June as “Playground” mode, allowing players to practice their skills in a low-pressure setting.
Ultimately, the addition of the training map to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a positive element that all similar shooter/strategy games should possess. Will it, and the rest of the “Fix PUBG” campaign be enough to get Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds back to where it was when it was at the height of its popularity? Most likely, probably not. But, hopefully the new training mode will at least bring in some new players who have been too intimidated to jump straight into the fray without any direction.