PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a game that both took inspiration from existing ideas and one that started a genre. While the mechanics is the game’s main selling point, there is also another notable aspect that is as memorable as the actual game itself—the PUBG maps.
Needless to say, both PUBG and its mobile counterpart are host to some maps that have been ingrained to its players’ minds. However, little do many know is that some of these maps were actually inspired from real-life locations and not just a product of the designer’s intellectual creativity.
Let us take a look at those maps and see where the inspirations came from.
Inspired after a certain Northeaster European location that is shared among the countries of Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, Livik is a map set in between two seemingly unique worlds. One part shows a snowy backdrop while another depicts a natural landscape outside the influence of below-freezing cold.
Erangel is an island in the Black Sea that is once a site for the Soviet Union’s military exploits involving the development of biological or chemical weapon and their subsequent testing. Now abandoned, Erangel is merely a shell of its former self, with only some dilapidated infrastructure left as a reminder of the area’s dark history.
Taking inspiration after the almost arid—and therefore, uninhabitable—islands located at the North African shores, Karakin is a desolate and lawless region that is popular among the smugglers.
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Combining many geographic elements such as hills, mountains, canyons, sands, and vestiges of human civilizations, Miramar takes great inspiration after the deserts of Mexico and its southern neighbor. Considering the weird mashup, however, it is also quite evident that the map is an amalgamation of many locations, with the common theme being desert in nature.
Some players who are with good familiarity to Miramar’s landscape would argue that it’s blueprint is mostly derived from the desert area of western USA while the ruins are extracted from the Middle-East.
Sanhok is a map that is a result when you combine two of Southeast Asia’s most popular sites, Philippines and Thailand. With both a similarity and distinctness as countries with two diverse culture, so is the outcome with Sanhok that fuses both remarkable locations from the Philippines and the some iconic structures from Thailand.
Vikendi is a snowy region that mimics a particular landmass somewhere in the Adriatic Sea. Mostly blanketed in snow, this map also features a relative abundance of overgrowth that adds a layer of uniqueness to the land’s geographic setup. A closer look into Vikendi, however, gives off a vibe that it’s inspired after Slovakia, especially during the Soviet era.