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PUBG is getting a mobile version in China

PUBG is getting a mobile version in China

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to mobile — but only in China. Tech giant Tencent has announced that it’s working with PUBG developer Bluehole on a smartphone version of the game that will be available to players in mainland China, though there are currently no details on when the game will be released. Tencent says that the mobile version will remain largely the same as its PC counterpart in terms of gameplay and structure, but adapted for a smaller screen and touch controls.

The news follows an announcement that Tencent will also be publishing the official PC version of the game in the country. Both versions will be adapted so that they confirm with Chinese regulations for media content. In a statement to Reuters, Tencent said that the games would “accord with socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture, and moral rules.”

There’s no word on whether or not the mobile iteration will be available outside of China at some point; Tencent simply says that the smartphone adaptation will be available there first. But these kinds of specific local versions of big franchises aren’t uncommon, as series like Call of Duty have been adapted as free-to-play experiences exclusive to China. Meanwhile, mobile continues to be the dominant platform in the country. Currently China’s biggest game is the Tencent-published mobile strategy game Honor of Kings, which has an estimated 200 million monthly players. Tencent is currently in the process of releasing a global version of the game under the moniker Arena of Valor.

The China news caps off a big year for PUBG, which as an “early access” title on Steam still hasn’t even officially been released. The game has sold more than 20 million copies, and broke Steam’s record for most concurrent players. This success has spawned an entire genre of battle royale games, which includes everything from mobile clones to big-name imitators like Epic Games’ FortnitePUBG will soon make its console debut when it launches on the Xbox One on December 12th.