PUBG: Battlegrounds gets its first new map since going free to play today

The chicken-loving battle royale PUBG: Battlegrounds adds its ninth map today, the near-future and environmentally compromised Deston. There are plenty of fancy features in the new map, such as ascenders for you to glide down the side of its skyscrapers, and areas that only drones can access. Sit back on your favorite airboat and experience the one slightly terrifying fate that awaits us all in the trailer below.

Cook this chicken dinner and experience the new PUBG: Battlegrounds map, Deston.

Deston is an 8km x 8km map that features quite a few different biomes, most of which are aquatic. There’s a flooded town called Ripton with massive skyscrapers scaled using the new ascending ropes, as well as spooky swamps, coastal regions with islands, and a mountainous interior. Other points of interest to explore include a concert ground that hosts the Chickysound Festival, a hydroelectric dam and a paintball arena. Some areas of Deston are only accessible using drones. You might also want to consider piloting the new airboats around these swamps, or using the cell towers that allow you to catapult yourself off the top of them so you can skydive.

Update 18.2 also introduces the new workshop system, which allows players to create their own skins and items. You can access it through the lobby menu for two types of crafting: regular (which allows you to create items that you can no longer buy in the store) and special (which allows you to create new costume sets). For crafting, you will need to purchase a Hunter/Archivist Chest from the PUBG Store, along with a key for the chest. Finding three key fragments, however, will allow you to create your own key. Regular crafting requires the Footprints, Credits, and Vouchers found in said chests. Special crafting, on the other hand, uses craftsman tokens that are also available in chests. Krafton promises a video to explain the system in the not too distant future.

The pioneering battle royale went free on Steam earlier this year, replacing the older PUBG Lite. However, free players cannot play ranked mode or create custom matches, and they also only get half XP for persistent progression.

You can read more about Deston and other new features in the game in the full 18.2 patch notes here.

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