PUBG Mobile: Is Vikendi making a comeback in the upcoming update?

Vikendi was removed after the launch of Karakin. (Credits: PUBG Mobile)

PUBG Mobile, when it started out, it just had a few maps– Miramar and Erangel. The snowy map of Vikendi was one of the most interesting maps in PUBG Mobile. The snow capped mountains had almost every kind of terrain one could imagine– mountains, snow-covered barren land and water. But the map was temporarily removed when a new map– Karakin was announced. 

In the recent patch notes for the upcoming update to the game, it was announced that several old modes will make a comeback. However, something of that sort has not happened in the new season update. An exact date for the map’s return could be announced soon, but as of now, it is unknown. Tencent asked players to stay tuned to PUBG Mobile’s social media accounts for more information.

Vikendi was removed from PUBG Mobile on April 7, 2021, with the release of the smaller Karakin map. Tencent didn’t reveal the exact reason for its removal but said the map was taken offline “temporarily.” Over five months later, it’s finally coming back.

When Karakin was introduced back in April, the snowy map Vikendi was temporarily removed from the game. However, Krafton had assured that the snowy Viekndi will be back in the game after some revamping. PUBG Mobile has teased a more enhanced version of the map, Viekndi 2.0. It is expected that the map will return with the next PUBG Mobile 1.5 Update.

Recently, in a post on their official PUBG Mobile Beta Discord, the developers mentioned “Version 1.5 testing will start soon. PUBG MOBILE VIKENDI.”

Vikendi provided the players with an opportunity to explore a different kind of gameplay– in snowy mountains, and behind new covers. Nevertheless, like every other old map, Vikendi also needed a major overhaul, since players have been exploring the same map for years now.

In the PC version of PUBG, Vikendi 2.0 was added more than a year ago. Taking key features from the PC Map, these are the expected changes that are coming in the mobile iteration of Vikendi 2.0

  1. The Train Tracks and Moving Train.
  2. Most of The Snow is Being Removed.
  3. Also, new Parts also added in DinoLand.
  4. Added an Abby to Kreznic.
  5. Changes in Movatra and Tovar

With keen attention to detail, the developers for the PC version had delivered a fresh PUBG experience especially with the addition of Moving Trains & a much-needed expansion of everyone’s favourite Dino Park.

It’s unclear if the map will be live for only a limited period or if it’ll be re-added permanently.

Karakin replaces Vikendi in PUBG Mobile

With the advent of Karakin in the PUBG Mobile universe, the snowy Vikendi will be discarded from PUBG Mobile. However, this news is not a shocker since it was first dropped from all official PUBG Mobile esports tournaments in the first half of 2021. Official matches that have left go of Vikendi include the spring split of the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) and the ongoing Pro Leagues (PMPL) around the world. Players are just playing in three maps only– Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok as opposed to four. 

The makers have not stated any reason for removing Vikendi, but with the number of maps increasing, the step could have been taken to avoid a huge wait time. 

While the snowy mountains of Vikendi have been a part of PUBG Mobile for a while now, and was the fourth map introduced in the game. While Vikendi did enjoy the initial popularity, the three maps– Erangle, Miramar, and Sanhok have constantly enjoyed the larger section of players. In a recent beta version of PUBG Mobile, PUBG creators asked players to test out the new Beta version and its new features– the Demolition Zone and bullet wall penetration.

What does Karakin offer in PUBG Mobile?

Karakin shares its size with Livik, another 2×2 Km map, and has just 64 players in the lobby as opposed to the 100 that can be seen in Erangle, Miramar, and Sanhok.  Demolition Zone is a small circle that is almost like the Red zone, but also destroys buildings. It is indicated by a purple area on the mini-map. The zone causes a lot of destruction, and can also turn buildings to rubble. The bullet wall penetration allows players to fire through certain thin walls, and placing sticky bombs can open up secret passages for players to find loot and/or hide.

Karakin was introduced in PUBG PC on January 22, 2020.

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