Krafton is reportedly bringing a new battle royale game to succeed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG, the PC and console game) which was recently renamed PUBG: Battlegrounds. Although no official report has surfaced, a number of clues have.
A recent document leaked by PlayerIGN (@PlayerIGN) on Twitter suggests that Krafton Amsterdam is recruiting a technical art director and a technical animator to work on a “new unannounced project”. This new project would be based on Unreal Engine 5 from Epic Games.
The leaker further suggests that Krafton discussed a “PUBG2 project” on Unreal Engine 5 a few months ago. Check out the tweet below.
NEW PUBG UE5 game:
Hiring PUBG Amsterdam to create a new AAA Unreal Engine 5 game “UNANNOUNCED PROJECT”.
A PUBG2 plan to upgrade to UE5 was discussed a few months ago via internal sources.
Also, from the recent diff leak at Nvidia, we know there is a WIP Krafton game called “X1”. pic.twitter.com/oQKuyN3NQ1
– PlayerIGN (@PlayerIGN) September 22, 2021
PUBG is currently powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 and since its launch in December 2017, has grown into one of the best-selling, top-grossing, and most played video games of all time.
The move, while unconfirmed, could be likely. PUBG rival Fortnite is also reportedly planning to upgrade the game to Unreal Engine 5. However, it’s currently unclear when the change will take place. It could be at the end of Season 9 or by the end of next year.
What about PUBG Mobile?
Upgrades, if they happen, could lead to a new PUBG game arriving on PC and consoles first. A mobile version, if any, Krafton intends to succeed PUBG Mobile, would take a little longer after that.
Note that for mobiles, Krafton already has two PUBG games at this point, including a PUBG Mobile and the upcoming PUBG: New State. There are also region-specific PUBG Mobile variants such as Battlegrounds Mobile India in India.
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