PUBG’s New Map Is Great, But It Won’t Save It

There was a time when PUBG enjoyed massive domination. The early-access battle royale game was a huge breakout hit, with a record 3.2 million concurrent players on Steam almost one year ago.

But its numbers have dropped off, and while it’s still one of Steam’s most popular games, it’s nowhere near its peak.

Meanwhile Fortnite is unquestionably the biggest game on Earth, and Call of Duty’s Blackout mode brings another big name to the battle royale battle royale. Against these heavy hitters, and with even CS:GO adding a battle royale and going free-to-play, PUBG isn’t going to gain new players unless it does something drastically different.

The new Vikendi snow map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was announced during the 2018 Game Awards, bringing the total number of maps to four (five if you count training). The timing was interesting, as PUBG’s biggest battle royale rival Fortnite’s season 7 had dropped, and with it, a host of changes to the map, new inclusions, and an entirely new creative mode.

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