The wee new map coming to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, previously known as Codename: Savage, still needs a few months of work but it’s done enough to get a wider testing audience and finally receive a name. Sanhok is the name, developers PUBG Corp have announced, a portmanteau of the Thai word for fun and the Filipino word for chicken. Sanhok is a place inspired by islands around southeast Asia, see. Sanhok will launch another period of beta testing this week and this time it won’t require players to sign up for a key, letting everyone who owns the game have a play.
“First, the Thai word for ‘fun:’ สนุก (pronounced like ‘sah-nook’),” PUBG Corp explained in yesterday’s announcement. “Second, the Filipino (Tagalog) word for ‘chicken:’ manok (pronounced like ‘mah-nok’). Combine the two and you get Codename: Savage’s new name: Sanhok (pronounced ‘sah-nok’).”
So… let’s say it translates to Bantercock.
The full launch of Sanhok “is now only a couple of months away”, PUBG Corp say. Still a fair way to go, then. But folks who want to check it out sooner–and maybe help shape it with feedback–will be able to have a go when Sanhok returns to testing from Friday at 3am (that’s Thursday at 7pm Pacific) until noon on Monday the 14th (4am Pacific).
Going by that ↑ screenshot, they’ve continued to pull the 4x4km map into maplike shape. That temple was still in the greybox stage in previous tests, just a load of shapes to block it out and see how it plays, but now it’s a big ol’ temple-y thing.
While earlier Sanhok tests required signing up for the Closed Experimental Server, needing a key, from now on that will be public. The Experimental Server client should pop up in the Steam library of everyone who owns the game.