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The Chinese PUBG mobile game doesn’t look terrible

You might be surprised to hear that the new Chinese PUBG mobile game doesn’t look as bad as we all expected.

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You might be surprised to hear that the new Chinese PUBG mobile game doesn’t look as bad as we all expected.

There’s an official PUBG mobile game, available now in China. It’s been developed and published in partnership with Tencent, including a number of tweaks to make the game more palatable to Chinese regulators.

And do you know what? It doesn’t look terrible.

We shouldn’t sound so surprised that a mobile game turned out well. There are hundreds, thousands even, that all turn out brilliantly. We’re not anti-mobile snobs… but there are a bunch of unofficial mobile PUBG clones that have, thus far, all been terrible.

Then there’s the controls. Using on-screen controls for any kind of shooter is notoriously fiddly, and while that’s probably still the case here, people are actually able to play the PUBG mobile game, and play it fairly well.

Here’s a video showing a relatively long-play of the game, which takes place on the original island of Erangel:

What’s interesting, is that there are actually a few tweaks and quality of life improvements to the PUBG mobile game that we wouldn’t mind seeing in the real deal, including:

  • The plane’s flight-path is traced on the map
  • It shows you how many players are yet to jump from the plane
  • A small plume of green smoke – like the red smoke on a care package – deploys from a killed player, to show you where their crate is

It’s also worth pointing out that there are two PUBG mobile games available today. The one you’re looking at above is called PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield – which is the traditional Battlegrounds experience – while the second game, PUBG: Army Assault, is an arcade land, sea and air battle game.

H/T: Kotaku


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