PUBG's Twitter account posted an announcement saying that the game's test servers will not close until PC 1.0 comes out on live servers. The new desert map was shown at The Game Awards 2017. Miramar the only map available on test servers.
"Players, the test servers will stay open until PC 1.0 comes out on live servers! The transition to Phase 2 will be relatively seamless and there won't be any downtime today. There will be maintenance periods to deploy patches as needed. We highly appreciate all your help" says a Tweet posted to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' official Twitter account.
PUBG's new desert map was available for testing on 08 December. In an announcement that accompanied the gameplay trailer shown at The Game Awards 2017, the PUBG team announced that they will be making Miramar available immediately. The fans weren't sure for how long they'll get to explore the new sandy sceneries so they went right into it.
I mean they really went into it. As one Reddit user put it: "So the test servers will be up until the 20th? F@#$ i just stayed up all night to get as much time on it as possible. Still f@#$ yes". Beautifuly said, Brett_vz.
Another Reddit user, named Sparcrypt, raised a very valid point while answering a question about whether PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will let its players select which map they want to play when queueing, or if it will be random:
"Honestly I’m thinking that choosing, with estimated queue times for each, will be best. Perhaps default you to a queue that puts you in either map, but allows you to queue up for each individually if you want.
Otherwise for a solid month or so post launch every Erangel server will launch with 40 players as everyone quits out as soon as they load in. I’d rather decide I want to play it then wait in queue for a few minutes if that’s what I want to do."
The desert map is currently the only map you can play on the PUBG test servers. Back then, they said that the first phase is going to be available until Monday, 11 December. Now we know that "The transition to Phase 2 will be relatively seamless and there won't be any downtime today".