With a new smartphone game for iOS and Android named PUBG: New State, the PUBG universe is expanding, which catapults the battle royale ahead of time with a more modern take on the massive multiplayer genre.
Set in 2051, PUBG: New State takes place on a new map called Troi, years after the latest PUBG games (which are set in roughly modern times) and aims to carry with it a host of near-future arms and equipment, such as drones and deployable battle shields.
It’s a similar vibe to fellow shooter Call of Duty’s semi-futuristic military tech from games such as Black Ops 3 and 4, based on the early photos.
The latest game is also set to delve further into the lore of the PUBG world as a whole, which is clearly something that remarkably happens for a game that uses a cast-iron skillet as a tool as its most prominent cultural significance. For favorite PUBG characters like Lunchmeat, though, what the time jump would mean will have to wait for the game’s publication.
New State also aims to shake up the formula for PUBG sports, with modification choices for in-game weapons that will enable players to change their weapons in a match in a way that sounds identical to the weapon attachments of Apex Legends.
Unlike its smartphone cousin, PUBG Mobile, PUBG: New State will be developed by PUBG Studio, the company behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the PC and console version of the original game, while PUBG: New State represents the third battle royale game under the PUBG umbrella. (PUBG Mobile is currently a different title produced by Tencent, the Chinese tech giant.)
And PUBG Studio is making huge promises of “ultra-realistic visuals that reach the boundaries of mobile gaming,” considering the mobile nature of the game. PUBG: Latest State will be available later in 2021 on Android and iOS, with alpha testing scheduled for later this year as well.