PUBG’s new desert map is finally coming to Xbox One, only five months later than the PC version.
Those tired of fighting it out on a faux-Russian island in the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be pleased to find out that Miramar, the new desert map, is coming to the console.
Miramar has been available on PC since last December and has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air into the otherwise repetitive gameplay. Although the base map, called Erangel, is a sprawling 8 km squared play area, it had been traversed enough times that most players had memorized every nook and cranny of the island. Miramar’s arrival shook up the old metagame and put players on a more even playing field, at least for a while.
Now that same paradigm shift is coming to Xbox. But not entirely. It will first gets its kinks out on a public test server where the developers hope to squash as many bugs as possible before the final release date, which has yet to be announced. There’s even a bug bounty for the first 150 players to report new bugs where they’ll be rewarded with "swaggy in-game items.”
To get in on the testing, go to the Xbox One Store and download "PUBG Test Server". Keep in mind, the test server won’t be available all day, every day like the regular PUBG servers are. Testing starts Thursday, April 26th at 5 PM PDT, and runs to 11 PM PDT during the week. Over the weekend it’ll run from 11 AM to 11 PM PDT.
Matchmaking is also limited to the North American servers, so European and Asian players will be locked out unless they plan on burning the midnight oil.
"During the test period and beyond, we will be actively listening to player feedback and using it to improve the build,” writes Bluehole on their development forum. "As the map is in an early stage of development, some aspects may not function as expected,” the developer adds, so be prepared for some even wonkier performance than PUBG normally manages.
There’s already been at least one major issue that has caused Bluehole to extend the testing period, so if you do hop on the test server be prepared for a wild ride.