PUBG 2 is reportedly in the works if a sudden upsurge in rumors related to the development hold water. The purported PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS 2 will allegedly launch as a direct sequel to the hit PUBG battle royale game on PC and console as well as PUBG Mobile on Android and iOS platforms.
Are you ready for a PUBG sequel? We will soon find out whether changes planned for the upcoming PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS manage to retain and expand the game’s player base, which hit its peak at 3.2 million concurrent players on Steam (via Steam Charts) but has shrunken a bit since alternatives such as Apex Legends, Epic’s Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Mobile entered the battle royale gaming arena.
A full-fledged sequel with its rumored new features in development could resuscitate PUBG’s flagging fortunes in some regions.
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PUBG 2 News Roundup:
Work on an “authentic sequel” to PUBG has already begun under the supervision of Tencent‘s gaming division. This is according to a recently released report from the Korean media outlet MTN based on leaked information from a reliable PUBG Leaker PlayerIGN.
#PUBG just confirmed that they’re working on PUBG 2.0 and PUBG Mobile 2.0
Global announcement soon?
The secret #ProjectXTRM thing from last yr was a PUBGM2 all along. I knew XTRM was a mobile game.
So I didn’t make a update video on it. Got so tilted when I learned about it. pic.twitter.com/50hnX60epv
— PlayerIGN (@PlayerIGN) January 6, 2021
What’s more, Tencent Games commenced efforts on the updated PUBG 2.0 version quite a while ago.
Although there is a dearth of information in the English language with regards to this story on the internet, a simple Google search fetches a few interesting bits of details on the matter nonetheless. One of which is the following post published on Reddit.
PUBG 2 PC, Console, Mobile:
Apparently, Krafton (erstwhile PUBG Corp.) started a recruitment drive to fill up staff positions at their Seoul Offices to begin work on PUBG 2 dating as far back as May 2019.
Whereas, an in-house team of developers that previously created PUBG Lite for low-end computers is tasked to handle PUBG MOBILE 2 and ensure its smooth operation on smartphones and tablets.
However, one notable presence missing in the PUBG 2 cycle is none other than the titular PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, who has openly expressed his objection to a PUBG sequel in no uncertain terms. Word is around, that Greene is yet to budge on his professed stance probably because of focusing on a new IP at the PUBG Amsterdam studio established not too long ago. Krafton-funded studio Striking Distance running under the supervision of Glen Schofield recently announced a horror game The Callisto Protocol, which is keeping the PUBG grandmaster preoccupied right now.
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PUBG 2.0 Game Engine:
In all likelihood, the game will carry on relying on the stable Unreal Engine 4 to manage the game framework. Several Project XTRM job listings from PUBG corp requesting Unreal Engine 4 work experience also corroborate this estimation.
The current edition of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds runs on Unreal Engine 4.
PUBG 2 Release Date:
The release date of PUBG 2.0 is unknown. It is unlikely that we will see the PUBG sequel in 2021 considering the game developer has made no public announcement in this regard. Perhaps we might get one later this year.
Will PUBG 2 Support Cross-Platform Gameplay?
If we’re to rely on PlayerIGN, we will not see cross-play capability added to the platform in its next iteration. Despite initially professing that it would, the PUBG leaker later retracted his claim in a separate tweet.
PUBG 2 Compatibility:
The battle royale game is expected to release on all major platforms such as PC, Android, iOS, including modern consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Of course, you ought to take all of the above information with a grain of salt until official sources release formal confirmation about the sequel and launch date.