It’s only been a few days since uber-conglomerate Tencent acquired the Chinese distribution and operation rights for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and it’s wasting little time taking advantage of its newest property.
Tencent announced that it’s developing, in conjunction with PUBG studio Bluehole, an official version of Battlegrounds for mobile platforms.
As of right now, the mobile version will only be available in China upon its release. However, no release date has been announced, nor have any plans about releasing a more globally available version of the game.
It will be interesting to see how faithful Tencent’s version of a mobile PUBG will be to the original game. Of course, PUBG has already spawned a sizable number of mobile ripoffs, but considering this version is officially licensed and co-developed by the actual creators, it will hopefully play better than the knockoffs.
Still, Tencent stated that PUBG will undergo some changes in China to “accord with socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture and moral rules” in order to avoid an official ban from the Chinese government. That probably means that a Chinese mobile version of PUBG will see the same kinds of “socialist core values” as its upcoming PC version. How that will translate to a global release of the mobile version, if there is one, is anybody’s guess.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC, with an Xbox One launch scheduled for December 12th.