It turns out that Chinese gaming giant Tencent has bigger plans for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on mobile than we first thought.
Analyst Daniel Ahmad says that the company has not one but two PUBG games in development.
The first is called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Army Attack and is being developed by Timi Studio. The trailer, which you can see below, seems to suggest the addition of naval warfare – we see not only a new boat type, but also mounted railguns, as well as what appears to be a coastal defensive turret. There’s also a peek at a huge navy warship and even helicopters.
The second game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Battlefield, is made by Lightspeed & Quantum Studio, and looks a little more faithful to the current PC game. The trailer, which again you can see below, seems to suggest visuals that are slightly dialled down from the standard game.
Keen players will also notice some subtle geometry changes, such as the unfamiliar crated warehouses and a different layout for central town Rozhok. Also seen is blue blood, although whether that’s a mandatory or optional feature remains to be seen. On the plus side, additional effects seem to accompany the trail of the vehicles.
PUBG will launch on Xbox One on December 12th. The game is also tantalisingly close to leaving Early Access on PC. This morning marked the end of the second test phase for the 1.0 release version of the game on the test servers.
The final release looks incredibly promising, with a host of additions such as vaulting, a new UI, improved sound effects and altered weapon and vehicle handling. It also looks nicer, and seems to run smoother on most people’s machines.
We’ll also get our first glimpse of the new desert map in action at this month’s The Game Awards in the US.