PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, more popularly known as PUBG, can be thanked for the incredible rise in popularity of the battle royale genre. Influencing popular titles such as Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, PUBG can definitely be considered as a pioneer in this department.
Even though the game is no longer as huge as it used to be upon release, PUBG still remains popular even today. However, those who want something fresh will be glad to know that the game’s developer is brewing up something new to bring to the table, giving fans something to look forward to.
Kim Chang-Han, the CEO of Krafton, recently had an interview with Bloomberg about what the future has in store for PUBG and its franchise overall. The CEO states that Krafton will not remain as a “one hit wonder,” in fact, the video game company is currently working on a brand-new PUBG battle royale game for mobile, which is supposedly going to launch this year. Although, we have yet to see if this upcoming title will be able to obtain the same kind of success as the original PUBG.
Also, we can’t say for certain just yet how this upcoming mobile title will stand apart from the initial game or what kind of impact it will have on the franchise as a whole. However, the developer should be releasing more details about this within the next few months.
Among other things, Chang-Han also mentioned a “PUBG-related” game that’s estimated to arrive by 2022. Multiple platforms, namely PC and consoles, will supposedly be able to support this one. It’s worth noting that Chang-Han didn’t specifically mention that this game was going to be a part of the battle royale genre, so it’s possible that Krafton is working on a completely unique project.
In fact, there’s one other PUBG-related title set for 2022 that isn’t made to be a battle royale. Specifically, it was revealed during The Game Awards 2020 that the developer of Dead Space is currently working on a game entitled The Callisto Protocol that’s set in the PUBG universe.
Developed by Glen Schofield and Striking Distance, the upcoming sci-fi survival-horror title serves as a spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed Dead Space series. However, we have yet to find out how The Callisto Protocol is linked to PUBG asides from the fact that they are both set in the same universe. As we draw closer to 2022, though, we’re sure that more information will be revealed.
That being said, the existence of The Callisto Protocol is sufficient proof that the developer is more than willing to experiment and work on a PUBG-related game that deviates from its usual battle royale experience. While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an expansive multiplayer game, The Callisto Protocol is a single-player horror one.
With that in mind, we’re definitely interested to see what kind of PUBG-related game Krafton will be releasing in 2022. At this point, it could be anything.
For now though, while we wait for further information, the original PUBG will still be receiving regular updates for dedicated fans to enjoy.