PUBG and Battle Royale fans won’t have to wait much longer, because KRAFTON has announced some pretty big news for its upcoming brand new mobile Battle Royale game, PUBG: NEW STATE. For starters, the game has a solid launch date for iOS and Google Play, and it’s coming on November 11th. But what else did we learn from the digital presentation?
1. What Is PUBG NEW STATE?
The doors officially open on November 11th, but what is this game for those who haven’t been in the loop? Developed by PUBG Studios, the same company that created the highly successful PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS battle royale video game for PC and consoles, PUBG: NEW STATE will launch as a free-to-play next-generation mobile game in 17 different languages. Set in the year 2051, PUBG: NEW STATE will bring the full, uncompromised battle royale gaming experience currently available in PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS to iOS and Android, making it one of the most realistic and technologically advanced mobile games to date.
“PUBG: NEW STATE inherits the core of the PUBG IP and will have a competitiveness in and of itself on the global market,” said CEO of KRAFTON, CH Kim during the online showcase. “KRAFTON will continue to produce games that will be enjoyed by players across the world. We’re committed to offering an expanded experience based on the belief that games will become the most powerful type of media.
2. Setting the Standard for Battle Royale on Mobile
The game’s Executive Producer, Minkyu Park, introduced what makes PUBG: NEW STATE competitive and unique. He noted that while PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS mainstreamed the battle royale genre, PUBG: NEW STATE defines the standards of a battle royale for the next generation. The game uses state-of-the-art rendering technology and a gunplay system on par with what’s found in the PC version of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS. Additionally, the graphical quality of PUBG: NEW STATE pushes the boundaries of what was previously possible on mobile platforms.
3. Key Game Features and Update Plans
During the PUBG: NEW STATE online showcase, detailed game features and content update plans were discussed by Creative Director, Daehun Kim. He noted that PUBG: NEW STATE aims to push the battle royale genre forward through original gameplay features that include, but are not limited to, weapon customization, the drone store and a unique player recruitment system. When it launches, PUBG: NEW STATE will have four unique maps, including the future-set Troi and franchise staple, Erangel. The game will also be regularly updated with new content, improved gameplay and a season-based service focused on gameplay balance and fun.
4. The Global Service Blueprint
Head of Publishing, Henry Chung, presented KRAFTON’s global service blueprint for PUBG: NEW STATE and noted that KRAFTON will actively communicate with the fans and provide stable game services by establishing nine global service hubs. The company will also pursue various initiatives to live up to the expectations set by the global gaming community and deliver the best gameplay experience possible for all fans.
5. Next Level Anti-Cheat Measures
KRAFTON’s anti-cheat strategy to create a safe and fair gameplay environment was also introduced. Head of Anti-cheat Unit, Sangwan Kim of PUBG Studios, noted that KRAFTON will ban the use of an unauthorized program, emulators, keyboard and mouse, and actively detect and restrict hacks to prevent cheating and protect the game’s code. Aside from technical responses, the player sentiment and feedback from the community will be closely reviewed, analyzed and reflected through in-game updates.
Finally, the company announced that PUBG: NEW STATE has surpassed more than 50 million pre-registrations on iOS and Android as of the online showcase. Pre-registrations originally opened in February 2021 when KRAFTON formally revealed PUBG: NEW STATE.