If you’re at all familiar with PC gaming you’ve no doubt heard of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – an online Battle Royale-style shooter that has quickly become 2017’s breakout gaming hit.
Despite still technically being an unfinished product, the Early Access title has broken concurrent player records on Steam and has sold well over 20 million copies in less than twelve months. That’s all before its upcoming Xbox One release next month (and an increasingly likely PS4 launch in 2018). And now it’s on its way to mobile… in China.
Tencent has announced that its “strategic partnership” will lead to a full-fat PUBG experience on mobile devices. The company promises that PUBG on mobile will retain the “core gameplay” of the PC release and deliver a genuine Battle Royale experience “anytime, anywhere on [a] mobile phone.”
It’ll be incredibly interesting to see how successfully Tencent can adapt PUBG’s survival mechanics and twitchy gunplay to a touchscreen interface. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether an international release could follow.