PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds officially reveals its new map, Miramar
Quite different from what we're used to.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is arguably 2017's biggest name, but up until now, we've been only able to enjoy the game on one map, Erangel. This is by no means a bad thing, as it has established a certain level of attachment and familiarity with players, and given its expansive size, it's hard, if not downright impossible, to get bored of it. However, developer BlueHole has pulled back the curtain on the Desert Map they've been known to be working on for some time now in a new post on Steam.
Bluehole says they made a concerted effort to go as far away from the visual style of Erangel as possible, trying to avoid the lush greenery and instead focusing more on a desolate wasteland type of theme. Miramar is littered with abandoned factories and constructions sites, which are chocked full of gear for players to loot. Verticality will play a more significant role in the main towns, as the developers suggest to "secure high vantage points," particularly in the central city of Los Leones.
With the new map, will bring new types of strategies.
"The unique terrain and dense urban areas of Miramar will create a new Battle Royale experience where the old strategies may no longer work, and new tactics are required," Bluehole says in the blog post. Securing high vantage points should create an added emphasis on sniping, while snipers will have to develop an inner clock of making sure to check behind them so that they can't be flushed out by surprise.
Bluehole says they aren't talking much about specifics so that players can learn and experience everything first hand, but they did offer up the following descriptions of each major area.
The largest city in the region, Los Leones features ample shopping, a skyline filled with new construction, and a glorious, golden-hued City Center. Players should secure high vantage points by exploring the numerous construction sites, and loot for gear in the cavernous, abandoned commercial buildings.
El Pozo is a city known for its large industrial and entertainment districts. Players can test themselves against all comers in the Luchador Arena, put their motorcycle skills to the test In the death bowl, or hunt in the ruins of the long dead textile factories.
Monte Nuevo is the picture of a town besieged. Ramshackle walls built to protect its residents now allow players ample cover to explore the well-stocked compound.
Valle del Mar
Valle del Mar is a colorful oceanside town bisected by the De Toro bridge. To the West of the bridge is a quaint school, and to the East, a beautiful church. The key to holding this town is bridge control, as it’s the only direct route between mainland and the island.
The shipping and transport capitol of Miramar, La Cobrería’s most prominent feature is it’s enormous Rail Yard. Here, players will hunt and be hunted among the half-buried cargo of a long dead industry. Careful players should loot the schools and campuses that dot this town before attempting to hold the Yard.
San Martín is located just west of Hacienda Del Patrón. Checkpoints and barriers have transformed this once-quiet small town into a war zone. Both sides of the town have overlooks, so careful players should scout first, before charging into town.
Once a tourist destination featuring the largest casino in the region, Pecado continues to thrill players to this day with its mix of high-value loot and dangerous sightlines. Aggressive players will immediately loot the Arena and Casino, but savvy players should check out the 4 story hotels between them.
Chumacera is the husk of Miramar’s once thriving textile industry. Long abandoned factories overlook a main road lined with residential and commercial buildings. Verticality in both the buildings and terrain make this town an exciting location to loot- high risk, high opportunity!
Players will be able to test run Miramar ahead of the game's shift to Version 1.0, that date of which is still unconfirmed and is only listed as "Q4 2017" on the game's Steam page. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is also releasing on Xbox One next week on December 12th, but it will not feature Miramar at launch.