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This PUBG fan's snowy concept for the game's next map is seriously impressive

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We know that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (opens in new tab)' next map is going to have snowy bits, and that we're due to find out more about it this month (opens in new tab). While you wait, feast your eyes on Nördheim, a Scandinavian fan concept for the new map that looks drop-dead gorgeous. It's a fully fleshed out idea, too, with a proper layout, unique vehicles, and lots of both major and minor locations.

The map would play very differently to the two existing maps, with thick ice sheets in its centre but thinner ones towards the edges, which large vehicles won't be able to drive on. You'd be able to break the ice manually with grenades or plain bullets, which could lead to a few icy baths. And because of that water temperature, players won't be able to spend as much time submerged as they can on the game's existing maps.

Players could also leave blood trails in the snow for one minute after they've been shot and—my favourite feature—the red zone would be replaced by a localised blizzard that makes it difficult to see or hear anything past the wall of snow.

The map's locations are inspired by real-life Scandinavia, and include an airport, an ice hotel, a naval base and a ski resort. The minimap is below, and it seems to have a good mix of snowy wastelands and built-up areas (click on the full-screen icon to expand).

The designer, who spent more than 100 hours working on the concept, has also suggested a number of vehicles, including a hovercraft, a snowmobile, a knock-off Volvo, and skis, which let you carve down mountains while hip-firing. That sounds amazing.

If you want to see more concept art, then head to the map's official website (opens in new tab). Clearly it's pie-in-the-sky thinking, but it's really whetting my appetite for PUBG's next map.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.