After only three days, the first round of closed beta testing for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ new map has ended. Codenamed “Savage”, the tropical-themed map measures 4 kilometres by 4, making it just a quarter of the size of the game’s two existing maps, Erangel and Miramar.
This smaller size means the pacing of each match feels radically different to those from the previous maps; it’s faster and much more brutal. Savage, you could say. The first few minutes on Savage deliver a ludicrously high body count, and the chances of bumping into a hostile player as soon as you touch down are very high indeed.
These action-packed beginnings feel very reminiscent of the flow of matches in Fortnite, and player numbers will often drop way below the halfway mark even before the second safe zone becomes active.