​PUBG Vikendi, the long-awaited new snow map for PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, entered the PUBG PTS on Friday and will be released in PUBG PC Patch 24.


"Winter has arrived," ​PUBG Corp wrote in the patch notes. "With Update #24, we’re debuting something we’ve been eager to share with you for months; our new 6x6 snow-themed map, Vikendi! 


"An isolated Northern resort island in the shadow of Mount Kreznic, Vikendi was home to a wide variety of attractions, businesses, and villages. Look to the future from the spacecraft launch site Cosmodrome or travel back to the past and walk with the giants at the prehistoric Dino Park."


PUBG Vikendi release: Everything you need to know

The 6-x-6 snow map should make games quicker than on Erangel or Miramar but a more tactical experience than Sanhok. Other highlights of the map include:

 --Players can throw snowballs while waiting to board the plane in the starting areaVehicles will be more slippery in snow or icy areas. 

--Acceleration on icy terrain is slow and you lose more general vehicle control as you speed up

--Footprints and vehicle tracks will appear as players travel in snow-covered areas. They help identify if enemies have passed by recently


The launch of Vikendi also coincides with a new weapon, the G36C, which will be exclusive to Vikendi. The new map also has snowmobiles, a new Vikendi-exclusive vehicle.


The long-teased PUBG map came to a head when a picture of Vikendi ​leaked Thursday on the internet, a day before its release. The map also coincides with the release of PUBG for PlayStation 4, for which the ​first test server is expected to come out next week. Vikendi will be released only on PC for now, as it will come to Xbox and PS4 in January.


Photo courtesy of PUBG Corp