During Krafton’s “The Way to Meet the World” video stream earlier this week, the company revealed some interesting new details regarding the expansion of the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) universe. These include the first gameplay reveal of PUBG Cowboy as well as some new details about PUBG: New State, the mobile-exclusive sequel to the existing PUBG Mobile. The company also revealed its plans to make a AAA high fantasy game inspired by The Witcher franchise.
During the showcase, Krafton’s CEO Chang-Han Kim went into detail about the new games that the company has in its roadmap, all of which will take place in the “PUBG universe”. Aside from the aforementioned games, the roadmap also includes Dead Space creator Glen Schofield’s upcoming The Callisto Protocol, and a new PUBG project codenamed ‘TITAN’.
PUBG Cowboy Gameplay Revealed
One of the more interesting aspects of the presentation was the newly revealed PUBG Cowboy game, which will retail the gameplay of the existing game but constrained to the survival genre. PUBG Cowboy was described as an open-world survival game “set in the dystopian era of the PUBG Universe.”
“Players earn resources through battles, crafting and looting,” said Kim. “The new game will open a fresh chapter in the survival genre and serve as a new force driving the genre’s evolution.”
Not much gameplay was revealed from the project, but it looks like it’ll put the classic PUBG experience through a slower, more methodical pace similar to Red Dead Redemption. While Krafton didn’t officially comment on which platforms the game is supposed to release on, previous leaks seem to point towards a hybrid launch on PC and consoles, similar to the original PUBG.
PUBG: New State Details Revealed
PUBG: New State is the company’s upcoming sequel to PUBG Mobile, with the game currently in its alpha testing phase.
“PUBG: New State will set a new milestone for mobile shooter games,” said Kim. While PUBG Mobile has been a gargantuan success for the company, New State seems to be a largely enhanced experienced, with the CEO also claiming that it will satisfy players in more developed countries.
“[The game will] offer more enjoyment to players in advanced countries who couldn’t be satisfied with the quality of existing games, as well as players around the world who just started to enjoy shooter games and the battle royale genre by playing PUBG Mobile.”
A couple of slides in the presentation also showed how New State is more ambitious than its predecessor, with increased graphical fidelity, new models, textures, and an expanded open-world map.
With so much happening in the development and expansion of the PUBG Universe, it feels like Krafton is moving away from the original game. During the entire showcase, the PC version of PUBG wasn’t mentioned once, nor was Battleground Mobile India, which is the Indian variant of PUBG Mobile. Krafton did say that their focus on developing countries like India has increased a lot, but did not reveal any plans to bring PUBG Cowboy, New State or any local version of the games to the country.