Development of Erangel began sometime in early 2016 when Bluehole was in talk with PLAYERUNKNOWN about making a Battle Royale game. Later that year, PLAYERUNKNOWN asked his fans to sign-up (Arma 3 Battle Royale players got immediate access) and test out his newly announced game in June - September of 2016 (Pre-Alpha (NDA)) and then an Alpha (No NDA) in October - December of 2016 which introduced Duo's and Squad's to PUBG. A few months later Closed Beta happened in February - March of 2017 (most content creators had access to this build) and later that month in March it launched in Steam Early Access in March 23, 2017 and full release (out of Early Access) on December 21, 2017 (Originally, the game was suppose to get out of Early Access 6 months from March 23).
Erangel is the base map for the game. An 8x8 km map dotted with small outcroppings of buildings, the distance between major landmarks necessitates the use of vehicles to move between areas. As the game continues, the map area will be restricted to a smaller and smaller play area. A red circle will appear on the map from time to time, marking an area for offshore artillery to bombard. Erangel has varying weather, sometimes affecting visibility and requiring a change in tactics.
Cities and the local military base have plenty of decent loot, but you won't be the only one thinking the same thing. A mix of urban areas and wide open farmland create a wide variety of battles, ranging from intense close range firefights in streets and buildings, to long range sniping duels taking place across wheat fields.
The name Erangel was chosen, using PLAYERUNKNOWN's daughter's name, Eryn, as inspiration.
Erangel is a fictional island in the black sea abandoned near Russia where a military occupation was controlling it. The military occupation tested chemical/biological experiments on the local populace. After a resistance attack on a biological facility, the island had to be abandoned.
Erangel was originally occupied by Soviet forces from the 1950s onwards and was used as a military testing facility, which explains the military base as well as the hospital and storage facilities. A local resistance movement fought to reclaim the island which eventually lead to the island becoming abandoned. The electrical field seen wreaking havoc on the island is powered by electrical emitters which were used to contain towns that were showing signs of revolting against the Soviet forces.
Graphical map -
Erangel features the following vehicles:
|UAZ (Open Top)||4 ••••||Land|
|UAZ (Closed Top)||4 ••••||Land|
|Motorcycle (w/ sidecar)||3 •••||Land|
|Dacia 1300||4 ••••||Land|
|C-130||100 •••••••••• (x10)||Air|
Erangel features the following weapons:
Dynamic weather? Yes
Map Erangel has this type of weather;
- Daylight (w/ clouds); default
- Rain; this weather was added in the February Closed Beta of 2017.
- Sunset; this weather was added in the June Monthly Update of 2017.
- Clear Skies (w/o clouds); this weather was added in the June Monthly Update of 2017.
- Fog; this weather was added in the September Update of 2017.