PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is credited with popularizing the Battle Royale segment which has led to many games in the genre across all platforms. Released in 2017, the game has undergone several updates and changes, but the core remains the same. There hasn’t been a word on a sequel either, so far. Recent reports suggest that Krafton, the publisher behind PUBG, is now working on a sequel for the game.
According to documents shared by the leakster PlayerIGN, Krafton Amsterdam is recruiting a technical art director and a technical animator to work on an “unannounced new project” based on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5. The documents begin with references to PUBG, which could be an indication that the project is related to PUBG.
The leaker said Krafton discussed upgrading PUBG to Unreal Engine 5 in an internal meeting. Its post also refers to a working set named X1.
However, there is no confirmation from Krafton yet, therefore, these developments should be taken with a pinch of salt.
It’s also unclear whether this will be a PUBG sequel or an engine update for the existing game, similar to Overwatch 2.
Switching to Unreal Engine 5 would mean better graphics for PUBG as well as improved elements introduced into the gameplay. Updates are more likely to appear on PC and consoles, and any upgrades to the mobile version of the game are in the distant future.
Notably, in India, Krafton took over the reins of PUBG Mobile from Tencent after the country’s government backlash against the Chinese tech giant.
PUBG’s biggest competitor, Fortnite, also plans to upgrade to Unreal Engine 5 in an upcoming season, but it is not confirmed if it will arrive in Season 9 or at the end of 2022.
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