Not to sound too much like the Barenaked Ladies, but it's been one week since PUBG New State was revealed, and the game is off to a fast start even though it's not even publicly playable yet. The mobile-only futuristic sequel to the original battle royale is due to arrive later this year, but from its reveal, the team at Krafton has been taking pre-registrations on Android devices (with iOS pre-orders coming at a later date).
Impressively, the game has already been pre-registered by more than five million players. Those figures do not include China, Vietnam, or India either, where the game will likely also be quite popular at launch.
New features like weapon customization, ballistic shields, and drone attacks are being added to further enhance the range of gameplay options for players while also treating this world like a decidedly different one than the PUBG players are used to. The new map, curiously named TROI, will be 8x8 in size, putting it on par with the behemoth that is Erengel, PUBG's original map.
This marks the second game in the PUBG universe to be announced over the last few months, and it's the first-ever proper sequel to the 2017 breakout hit. Last year, The Callisto Protocol was revealed as a single-player horror game. It looked a lot like Dead Space, which is why it was surprising to learn the game takes place in the same story universe as the battle royale. According to an interview with Bloomberg last year, there is yet another game set in this shared universe planned for consoles and PC in 2022.
Alpha testing for PUBG New State will arrive later this year, as will the iOS pre-orders. We'll update you when those things are given launch dates all before the game itself arrives sometime in 2021.