PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the infamous unfinished game that already holds the Steam record for the most number of players at the same time, will soon arrive to mobile devices.
Details on the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds mobile version are scarce, but one thing that is sure about the game is that not everyone will be able to play it upon launch.
'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Mobile Port In The Works
Major Chinese tech company Tencent announced that it will work with Bluehole Studio to bring PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to smartphones.
According to Tencent, the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds mobile port will remain faithful to the PC version of the massively popular Battle Royale-inspired multiplayer shooter in terms of gameplay and structure. However, to adapt the game to mobile devices, the port will take into account smaller screens and add touch controls.
There are already plenty of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds clones available on mobile, so it makes sense that the game that inspired the craze would choose to make its way into smartphones. It remains to be seen, however, how well the shooter will play on mobile devices.
'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Mobile Only In China, For Now
Unfortunately for players who were already looking forward to playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in their daily commute, the mobile version will only be released in China at an unknown date.
There is no official statement on whether the mobile port will be launched in countries outside of China. However, given the game's popularity and the necessary work for the project, it should be expected that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for smartphones will be released worldwide. The question, however, is when.
The announcement of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds mobile for China follows the announcement that Tencent will serve as the publisher to bring the PC version of the game into the country, though with the necessary adjustments to follow certain regulations.
What Else Is Next For 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds'?
In addition to mobile, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is also coming soon to the Xbox One. It will launch on the console on Dec. 12 under the Xbox Game Preview Program, which is similar to Steam's Early Access program where PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds shot up in popularity.
Meanwhile, dataminers were able to extract the layout of the new desert map that is coming soon to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The map features 20 named locations, including Crater Alpha, Crater Bravo, Cartel Mansion, Prison, Wasteland, and Zombie.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is also in the running to be crowned as Game of the Year in the upcoming The Game Awards 2017. The shooter will go up against The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch and Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5 for the PlayStation 4.