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PUBG’s New Sanhok Map Is Almost Complete as Final Round of Play Testing Begins

Published: 29/May/2018 16:56 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:00

by Ross Deason

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The developers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) have announced another round of tests for Sanhok, the all-new, smaller, tropical map.

The developers of PUBG have recently been working on a new tropical map which will be half the size of the other two, encouraging the faster and more action-packed games that have made Fortnite so popular.

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On May 7th PUBG Corp announced that “Codename: Savage” will be known as “Sanhok” and it became clear that that development was progressing well as another round of play tests began.

On May 29th another milestone was reached as the developers announced the fourth, and potentially last, round of testing on the experimental server.

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Saying that they have been “hard at work improving all the fine details”, the developers stated that the map will once again be available for all players on the PUBG: Experimental Server “found in your Steam library”.

They also confirm that this will likely be the last time that the map will be on the experimental server before being added to the game full-time but that they will continue making changes even after the release.

The full press release and testing schedule can be found below.

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As discussed in last week’s dev letter, we’ve been hard at work improving all the fine details of our newest map, Sanhok. This week, Sanhok is coming back once again for a fourth round of testing on the Experimental Server.

As before, everyone who owns a copy of PUBG will be able to play simply by downloading the updated version of the “PUBG: Experimental Server” found in your Steam library.

Full testing schedule below:

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TESTING BEGINS:

May 31, 7pm PDT / June 1, 4am CEST / June 1, 11am KST

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TESTING ENDS:

June 4, 4am PDT / June 4, 1pm CEST / June 4, 8pm KST

This will likely be the final Sanhok test on the Experimental Server. If everything goes according to schedule, Sanhok will come to live servers near the end of June. Even after it launches, we’ll continue making changes based on the feedback we get from you guys.

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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