Today, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene revealed what's in store for the game for the rest of 2018. While the roadmap is filled with interesting tidbits, the biggest reveal is the new island map, which will be joining the Erangel and Miramar maps already available in the game.
The island will be a 4x4km map, coming in at a quarter of the size of previous maps. Greene says that the smaller area "should give you all a much more intense and faster paced Battle Royale experience," bringing along "higher player density and shorter matches." The new map will be available via the Experimental Test Server sometime in April.
A new regular sized 8x8km map is in the works at the studio as well, but Greene did not reveal any details about it, other than saying that it will also be introduced via the test server at first.
In addition to the maps, an emote system, new game modes, vehicles, weapons, and attachments are planned for this year. Achievements, an in-game friends list, and voice chat in the main menu for squads are planned as well, with further customization options set to arrive for characters, as well as parachutes, and weapons.
In regards to the games cheating issues, Greene said that while it is impossible to completely eradicate the problem, the studio is working on combatting it. "Due to the sensitive nature of this subject and to maximize the impact we can have, I won’t be able to go into specific plans. However, we’re planning to keep you more up-to-date about our efforts as we have major victories to share," he added.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 2018 roadmap can be seen here in its entirety, with Greene finishing off the blog post teasing that there are more features planned for the game in 2018 but the studio will be keeping them under wraps for now.