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If you haven't had enough PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in your life, I have some good news, there's a new PUBG game coming to mobile, and it's called PUBG: New State. It's coming to Android and iOS this year, and supposedly it will offer an exclusive map, ultra-realistic graphics, and it should be optimized from the ground up for mobile play.
The above trailer offers the first look at PUBG: New State, and as you can see, it's PUBG, but with slightly fancier graphics. More or less, it looks like it plays just like any other battle royale.
Like all mobile game announcements, there isn't much information available today outside of the above trailer and a few screenshots. So far, we know that PUBG: New State will take place in the future, which means it's set in the year 2051. Supposedly the game is being designed to "push the limits" of a mobile release by utilizing a new tech called Global Illumination, so expect better graphics. We also know a new weapon customization feature will allow players to transform their weapons.
Of course, the big news is that PUBG: New State will offer a brand-new map for the series, though you have to wonder why something like this isn't simply new content for the core game. Perhaps the ban in India spurred the New State offshoot, though we already know the global release will not include India, China, or Vietnam, so that seems unlikely. Regardless, as long as both games exist, the player base will be split, which seems like an odd path to purposefully go down.
Still, even though we don't have much to go on yet, PUBG: New State is already available for pre-registration on the Play Store. So if you'd like to read through the game's description or would like to receive a pre-reg notification on whatever day the game is launched this year, you can easily navigate to the new listing through the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.
KRAFTON, INC. ANNOUNCES THE FUTURE OF BATTLE ROYALE, PUBG: NEW STATE
Developed by PUBG Studio, PUBG: NEW STATE Recreates the Original Battle Royale Experience and Evolves it for New and Current Players Alike
RELEVANT REGION - FEBRUARY 25, 2021 - KRAFTON, Inc. today unveiled PUBG: NEW STATE, the newest battle royale title in a growing franchise. Developed by PUBG Studio, the creators of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) and the pioneers of the genre, the title will launch as a free-to-play experience on Android and iOS in 2021. Players can get the latest information on the game by pre-registering today on Google Play*, with App Store pre-orders coming at a later date.
“Given the fan support and massive success of the previous games, it is humbling to be able to build and introduce the next game in the franchise that revolutionized the battle royale genre worldwide.” said MinKyu Park, Executive Producer of PUBG: NEW STATE. “We want to build on that legacy by creating an experience that pushes the limits of mobile gaming. Watching our team come together to develop a global product has been an amazing experience and we are confident that it will speak to all audiences when it launches later this year.”
Built from the ground-up and optimized for mobile play, PUBG: NEW STATE will deliver the full battle royale experience straight into players' hands. Leveraging and adopting the best-in-class gunplay made popular by the original PUBG game, players can expect the same combat experience that is easy to learn, but hard to master. Additionally, thanks to its state-of-the-art rendering technology called Global Illumination, the title features graphics that push the limits of mobile gaming so players can immerse themselves in a battlegrounds experience that is realistic and intense, but more importantly, stable and smooth.
In addition to taking the original experience that fans have grown to love, PUBG: NEW STATE adds several brand new features that evolve the genre. With a new in-game weapon customization feature, players can make various weapons their own by obtaining customization kits. These kits will transform weapons in different ways, such as performance enhancements, fire mode selection, and grenade launcher attachments. Players can also enjoy a variety of other new features, including combat rolls, drones, and a futuristic ballistic shield, among other things. Finally, players will also be able to take to the road and explore massive 8x8 open worlds with a variety of new vehicles.
Set in the near future of 2051, years have passed since the original game. Within this backdrop, players will be dropping into a brand-new battleground called TROI, where they will have the opportunity to discover how the universe has evolved. Players can explore various interactable objects throughout the unique environment, helping them come up with new ways and strategies to dominate the competition.
“At KRAFTON, our goal is to create masterpieces that provide premier gameplay experiences. With PUBG: NEW STATE, the next title in our growing PUBG franchise, we hope to realize that vision.” said CH Kim, CEO of KRAFTON, Inc.. “We are giving our full support to PUBG Studio to ensure that they continue to develop games that feature their unique identity, further solidifying its position as the pioneer of the battle royale genre.”
PUBG has sold over 70 million copies, making it one of the best-selling video games of all time. Since its launch in 2017, PUBG has gone on to garner several accolades, including seven Guinness World Records and multiple Game of the Year Awards.
Those eager to join the fight can view the announcement trailer here and pre-register today on Google Play, with App Store pre-orders coming at a later date. Players can also look forward to PUBG: NEW STATE alpha tests coming later this year. For the latest information, please visit http://newstate.pubg.com or follow us on social media at Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
For screenshots and other materials, please visit the KRAFTON press site.
*Android pre-registration does not include China, India or Vietnam
PUBG: New State's closed alpha will be limited to Android devices in the US
As you would expect, Krafton is slowly trickling out information for PUBG: New State, and so the studio has just released a trailer today that announces a closed alpha test will take place in the US on Android devices in the next couple of days. Of course, the studio didn't mention an actual date, which means we can expect another announcement fairly soon. So basically, the above video serves as an announcement for an upcoming announcement, and so the trickling of information will more than likely continue until everyone is sick of hearing about this game, just like the current version of PUBG. So stay tuned, as this story will assuredly drag on for months to come, and perhaps as we inch closer to the official release Krafton will find the courage to show the game in action.
The PUBG: New State closed alpha begins June 11th
Two days ago, Krafton released a video stating that alpha testing for PUBG: New State would begin in the US soon, and today we've learned that this alpha will start on June 11th, plus there's a fresh new trailer available to coincide with today's announcement, but just like the rest it's also a cinematic.
The application period for the upcoming alpha begins today, and if you'd like to throw your hat into the ring, you can sign up on the official PUBG: New State website, and you can also sign up simply by pre-registering on the Play Store. This application period will end on June 6, and then the alpha is expected to run from June 11th to June 13th.
Krafton is looking to receive feedback from players during this short alpha, which will ideally be used to ensure the game is released in an acceptable state. While we still don't know when the official release will take place, Krafton will assuredly trickle out new info, so stay tuned.
PUBG: New State's second alpha announced, and here's a trailer
Krafton has revealed that a second closed alpha for PUBG: New State will take place this month. The last alpha was available in June, but it was only released in the US for a couple of days. This is more than likely why the upcoming second alpha is set to take place across Europe and Asia through 28 separate regions, to spread some of the love.
This means those in Bahrain, Cambodia, Taipei, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macao, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen will have a chance to enter into the second closed alpha. Sign ups start today, and the closed alpha will run from August 27th to the 29th.
Just like the last closed alpha, feedback during testing will be used to improve the game. What's new is that broader support for devices is expected with the launch of the second alpha, which means more Android device support along with the first appearance of the alpha on iOS. Keep in mind registration starts today, so if you'd like to take the game for a spin in your respective closed alpha territory during the two days it will be available, you can sign up on the official PUBG: New State website. And if you're curious to see what you should expect, you can check out my gameplay video that I recorded during the last alpha.