Following the announcement that Fornite: Battle Royale would be making its way to mobile platforms, its main rival seems to be following suit.
Back in November, mega-corporation Tencent acquired the Chinese publishing rights to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and quickly got to work producing two different official mobile versions of the battle royale juggernaut. Those two mobile versions were announced to be exclusive to China, but looks like that might change very soon.
That’s because PUBG Mobile just received a surprise beta release in Canada on the Google Play Store. We haven’t been able to confirm its validity firsthand, since we’re based in the U.S., but the listing seems legit, and videos of people playing it have already started popping up.
According to reports, PUBG Mobile is a fully localized Western version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Battlefield, the Lightspeed & Quantum-developed mobile version that is basically a straight port of the console and PC version. The other PUBG mobile game, Army Attack, features more arcade-y vehicular and infantry combat, but that one has yet to see a Western release.
Right now, it seems like the developer is just testing the waters to see how the localized version functions, as several modes are missing from the game. PUBG Mobile only offers squad mode, in which four players team up to take down other teams of four. Solo and duo modes don’t appear to have made their ways into the game yet, though they will probably be added when the game gets a full launch. Likewise, only third-person is available at the moment.
Still, PUBG Mobile seems to be a pretty solid reimagining of the PC and console versions for mobile platforms. Players will find the entire map of Erangel at their disposal, with some small but interesting changes made to the game such as a dotted line that indicates the plane’s specific trajectory at the beginning of a match.
As of right now, PUBG Mobile is only available in Canada for Android devices, though U.S. and iOS releases seem inevitable.
Source: VG 24/7