Following a successful beta test in Canada, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile just got a surprise localized international release for iOS and Android.
PUBG Mobile is the localized version of PUBG: Battlefield, one of two mobile versions of the game that was previously only available in China, and very closely resembles the PC and Xbox One versions of the game. The other version, Army Attack, is a more arcade-y, vehicle-heavy version of the game and is currently only available in China.
These mobile versions are both published by Tencent Games, who acquired the Chinese publishing rights to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds back in November 2017 and quickly got to working on official mobile versions.
PUBG Mobile is currently not available in every region, but it has at least made its way to the U.S. I played a round on my iPhone 7 and it ran just fine. If you’re already familiar with PUBG, you shouldn’t have any problem jumping in and taking people out. Solo, duo, and squad modes are all available. The controls take a little getting used to, and chances are most people you kill will be standing still, but it’s pretty fun nonetheless. I mean, I got third place and seven kills in my first round, which is better than how I usually fare, so it’s definitely doable. Best of all, it’s free!
This quick, previously unannounced move to bring the mobile versions of the game probably has something to do with the fact that its main rival, Fortnite: Battle Royale, is coming to mobile platforms as well. In fact, it’s already so popular that it’s topping the charts despite that it’s still in the invite-only phase.