PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was one of the first stand alone battle royale games. While its popularity may have dipped in the wake of big releases like Call of Duty: Warzone and Apex Legends, PUBG is still the only game that provides realistic gameplay in a modern day setting.
It’ll come as no big surprise to hear, then, that a sequel to Brendan Greene’s game is planned. Colloquially known as PUBG 2, the game is apparently in the works and will build on the foundations built by the first game.
While Krafton is also working on a number of other projects, including PUBG Mobile, PUBG: New State, and the highly anticipated Callisto Protocol game, PUBG 2 is the only game in that series that’ll act as a direct successor and keep far away from the futuristic elements that have so far been teased elsewhere. Sounds good, right? Here’s everything you need to know about PUBG 2, including the game’s release date, rumours, platforms, and more.
PUBG 2 release date
PUBG 2 release date it set for sometime in 2022. We don’t have a specific date yet, but Krafton has confirmed the game is in the works.
In January 2021, Kim Chang-han, the Krafton CEO, told Bloomberg that the company was planning on releasing a new mobile title (which turned out to be PUBG: New State), a PUBG-related game by next year, and a survival horror game in 2022 (now confirmed as the Callisto Protocol) that will depict the “PUBG universe three centuries into the future.”
At the same time, rumours of a new PUBG project, known only as Project XTRM, began circulating. However, following the reveal of PUBG: New State, Krafton confirmed to The Loadout that XTRM was not the PC game Chang-han had teased earlier that year.
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At the same time, PUBG fans were also asked for their views on possible new mechanics like being able to “bolster the defenses of a building” or having “tools that allow me to heal or revive my squad mates with”. While it’s clear PUBG’s development team are trying to improve the quality of the original game by bringing in new features, this information might be used to help Krafton develop PUBG 2.
However, the biggest news about PUBG 2 came in April 2021, when insiders told ‘PlayerIGN’ that PUBG 2 would be a true sequel to the original game and that it’ll be “grounded in realism.”
PUBG 2 rumours
Rumours about the development of PUBG 2 are constantly circulating, but by far the most intriguing so far is the one about who is working on the game.
According to PlayerIGN, Krafton has retained the services of the original development team, and to bolster that, “experts” who have worked on other battle royale games are being drafted in to help. While we’re not sure who those experts are just yet, it’s an exciting rumour – especially when you consider the quality of battle royale games out there at the moment.
There are also rumours that we might hear something about the game in the summer. Of course, we’ve got the likes of E3 and the Summer Game Fest coming up, but given we’re still quite a way off from the planned 2022 release date, we’re skeptical about this one.
PUBG 2 platforms
Krafton has been tight-lipped about the sequel so far, so we don’t yet know what platform PUBG 2 will release on. However, in an interview with Bloomberg last year, Krafton CEO Kim Chang-han noted the company intended to release “another PUBG-related PC and console game by next year.”
With that in mind and the platforms PUBG is currently available on, we expect PUBG 2 to release on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.
That’s everything we know about PUBG 2 so far. We’ll continue to keep this guide up to date, so keep checking back if you can’t wait to get your hands on a new battle royale experience.