The PUBG universe will expand with a new one mobile title for iOS and Android called PUBG: New State which will catapult the battle royale forward in time for a more futuristic version of the multiplayer shooter. Set in 2051, PUBG: New State takes place years after the current PUBG games (which are set in roughly modern times) on a new map called Troi and promises to bring along a slew of weapons and vehicles from the near future, such as combat drones and shields. Based on the first images, the atmosphere is similar to the semi-futuristic military technology of Call of Duty or other shooters from games like Black Ops 3 and 4.
The new game is also set for dive deeper into the lore (the story) of the PUBG universe, which, apparently, is something that exists in a game whose most notable cultural significance is the use of a cast iron skillet as a weapon. To know what the time jump has in store for beloved PUBG characters like Lunchmeat, however, we will have to wait until the game is released. New State also promises to renew the PUBG game formula, with in-game weapon customization options which will allow players to modify their weapons within a game in a way that sounds similar to Apex Legends accessories.
New State scores the third battle royale game under the PUBG umbrella, although unlike its mobile 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. PUBG Mobile it is actually a separate title developed by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. And despite the mobile nature of the title, PUBG Studio promises “ultra-realistic graphics that push the boundaries of smartphone games”. PUBG: New State will be available on Android and iOS later in 2021, with alpha build testing planned for the next few months.