We’re going home: Erangel Classic returns to PUBG!

by Ben Kirby
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PUBG has been in very regular rotation this year, thanks to a work mate that loves it, too. We play weekly and I’ve been hitting the battle royale quite hard. Dropping in Erangel after all this time still feels great, hitting those spicy drops and going for broke.

In fact, Erangel, despite all it’s updates and improvements, still feels like home. The original map, where we would drop School, Prison or Pochinki. The flooded village my brother loves so much, or somewhere like Myalta, trying to keep in the circle and loot-up.

I’ve loved all the maps, but nothing feels as good as the OG. We all crave nostalgia and look back with those rose-tinted glasses, don’t we? Well, PUBG is giving us what we all want. Classic Erangel.

Here’s what PUBG Corporation have to say!

Erangel Classic - Church

Classic Erangel

Get ready for a trip down memory lane because Erangel Classic is finally making its grand return to PUBG! This is your chance to revisit the legendary map and reminisce about all those clutch wins (and hilarious deaths) you shared with your friends back in the day.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • PC: May 14th (after live server maintenance) – May 28th, 7 AM UTC
  • Console: May 23rd (after live server maintenance) – June 6th, 7 AM UTC

Erangel Classic will replace the current Erangel map in Normal Matches during this time.

A Nostalgic Experience Awaits

Brace yourselves for a wave of nostalgia as we bring back the features that defined the early days of PUBG on the original Erangel! This is your chance to relive the classic PUBG experience, so get ready to:

  • Battle through the fog and rain: Remember that gloomy, yet oddly beautiful, weather? Get ready to experience it all over again.
  • Fight for your loot: Bench weapons are back on the starting island! Be the first to grab your favorite gun before they’re all gone.
  • Embrace the retro UI: Get a blast from the past with the vintage world map, minimap, match start timer, and those charmingly tacky fonts.
  • Master the (slightly) reduced recoil: We’ve tweaked weapon recoil to feel a little closer to the way it used to be.
  • Seek out the Tommy Gun in Care Packages: Just like in the good ol’ days.
  • Prepare for longer firefights: Taking down enemies might take a bit more effort this time around.
  • Find loot scattered on the ground: Keep your eyes peeled for clothes and helmets!
Erangel Classic

A Perfect Blend of Old and New

Erangel Classic captures the essence of the original Erangel while offering the refined gameplay you know and love. We’ll be releasing detailed patch notes on May 13th, so stay tuned for a complete list of all the throwbacks!

We can’t wait to see you back on the Battlegrounds!

Nostalgia trip or reflection on how far we’ve come?

It’ll be interesting to see Erangel like it used to be. One because we all love it and reminisce about it, but two, because the game has improved and grown so much.

That texture pop-in, moments after you’ve landed, only to find yourself stuck inside a building. Those perilous car journeys where a slight jump could kill you. Obviously the rough and ready elements are gone, so this will like like it used to, but presumably won’t “feel” like it used to.

Can the cosmetic shift hit that nostalgia high? Will Erangel not be the same without the general wonkiness that was as much a part of the experience of PUBG at release? I’m not sure, but damn, I’m intrigued!

I’d hazard a good few people will come back to take a look, too. Is this the PUBG swansong before they release the game on Unreal 5? Unlikely, but it does seem like a good way to go if that’s how they do it.

Are you excited to go back in time a little?

Erangel - Fireworks

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