Although it may seem a bit confusing, Tencent’ s hit battle royale is getting a slight name change, going from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known by its acronym PUBG, to PUBG: Battlegrounds. A change that is surprisingly redundant, as it technically makes it PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Battlegrounds.

However, it seems that this change hides more than it seems, as it brings with it a complete rebranding, and the beginning of the future of this shooter title.

We are actively expanding the PUBG brand through a variety of new experiences in the PUBG universe,” said publisher Krafton, “rebranding PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to PUBG: Battlegrounds is the first step in bringing this vision to life. Additional titles in the franchise will carry the PUBG name, as you’ll soon see in our next game, PUBG: New State.”

So, the first details of this next game in the series have also been previewed, with a mobile title set in a futuristic environment. With a 30-year time jump, the new map promises futuristic weapons, techniques, and vehicles, including a ballistic shield, combat scrolls, and drones. It also offers a new in-game customization feature, allowing you to build your own weapons through customization kits, including performance upgrades, firing mode selection, and grenade launcher attachments.

Most surprisingly though, despite the nuance of a new name to separate itself from the term “Battlegrounds”, the new PUBG: New State will remain within the battle royale genre. For the time being without a concrete date, we already know that the title will be coming to Android and iOS devices during this 2021, with a pre-registration already available for Android users.

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In the meantime, the already-renowned PUBG: Battlegrounds will feature a week of free access, coinciding with the game’s celebration of its collaboration with K-Pop stars Blackpink over the next few days between August 10 and 16.