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PUBG’s mobile sequel revealed as futuristic New State
Battle Royale follow-up is set in the future and features a new map
The mobile sequel to Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has been revealed as PUBG: New State.
The game will be coming to Android and iOS devices later in the year, and Android players can already pre-register for it on the Google Play Store, developer PUGB Studios announced on Thursday.
New State will be set in the year 2051, years after the events of the original game. Numerous factions are battling with each other, and the “competition has evolved into a new battleground featuring state-of-the-art technology that requires survivors to adopt new tactics to survive”, according to the game’s store listing.
The game will take place in a brand new map called TROI, which will be 8×8 kilometres in size and support up to 100 players.
A number of new features will be included in the game, including combat rolls, drones, a ballistic shield and in-game weapon customisation. Players will be able to enhance their weaponry in a number of ways, such as different fire modes and attachable grenade launchers.
A report last month suggested that PUBG Corporation was planning to release a battle royale mobile title this year “based on PUBG”. The report also claimed another “PUBG-related” PC and console game will release by 2022, though it’s not clear if this will be a port of New State or an entirely new game.
The news follows a South Korean news report from November, which claimed that PUBG parent Krafton was working on a new game set in the PUBG universe called ‘Project XTRM’. It’s not clear if that refers to New State or the reported PC and console game.
The original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds released in 2017 and is one of the most successful games of all time, with the PC and console versions selling more than 70 million copies and the mobile version being downloaded about 600 million times, according to PUBG parent Krafton.
The company’s CEO, Kim Chang-han, recently told Bloomberg that it also has plans for an animated show based on the game, and it also intends to target television and movies.